AIDS Walk Portland rolled out on Sunday, September 22, and it was a rousing success. More than 10,000 walkers braved the potential of rain--the storm held off until safely after the walk--to meet in Pioneer Square in downtown Portland. They enjoyed a free breakfast, talked with friends, listened to inspiring speakers and energizing music, then made the 2.5-mile walk through downtown, Old Town/China Town, and the Pearl District--all to raise awareness of and money for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
What an inspiring morning! Walkers from the Wild, Wild Kingdom elicited chuckles with their animal costumes. Families walked in groups. Couples walked hand-in-hand. The occasional friendly dog nosed in for a pat on the head. Each of the thousands of walkers was united by the common goal of preventing HIV infections, caring for and empowering people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminating HIV/AIDS-related stigma.
And thanks to your help, we raised $480,000!! Amazing! Thank you so much, and we look forward to seeing you next year for AIDS Walk Portland 2014.
Cascade AIDS Project is in "full steam ahead" mode for AIDS Walk Portland! We're looking forward to gathering more than 10,000 people on Pioneer Square on Sunday, September 22, 2013.
At AIDS Walk Portland, we'll listen to local dignitaries talk about HIV/AIDS in Oregon and SW Washington, and we'll dance to a DJ while we wait for the big kick-off. VIP fundraisers--that is, those of who raise more than $1,000--will enjoy a gourmet breakfast up at Departure, on the top of the Nines hotel overlooking the Square.
Then it's off for a 2.5-mile walk through Portland to raise awareness of HIV and the need to get tested!
This is a critical year in the fight against HIV/AIDS. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health showed that 96% of HIV-positive people in medical care don't transmit the virus. Since one in five people living with HIV don't even know they have the virus, we are renewing our efforts to get everyone tested and in medical care, if needed. It's a proven way to end the epidemic. As President Obama said last World AIDS Day, we are living with the possibility of seeing an AIDS-free generation.
Thank you for being part of AIDS Walk Portland. It's time to pull your team together and start raising money! We'll see you at Pioneer Square on Sunday, September 22nd.
AIDS Walk Portland isn't until Sunday, September 22, 2013, but at Cascade AIDS Project (CAP) we're busy getting ready to make it the most successful AIDS Walk yet. Our goal is to draw more than 10,000 people and raise more than $550,000 to help us achieve our goal of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminating HIV/AIDS-related stigma.
Toward that end, we're planning prizes for teams and individual fundraisers, lining up speakers and entertainment for the day of the walk, and settling details for the VIP breakfast at Departure Lounge atop the Nines Hotel for those who raise $1,000 or more.
Last year, thanks to everyone's support, CAP provided HIV/AIDS education and prevention services to nearly 15,000 people and coordinated wrap-around support services for 1,680 people affected and infected with HIV/AIDS in the five-county Portland metropolitan area.
It's not too soon to start putting together your AIDS Walk team! The AIDS Walk Portland website is up and running. We look forward to seeing you there!