AIDS Walk Portland is Sunday, September 23! We've raised almost $200,000 so far, but we have a ways to go before we reach our goal of $450,000. I know we can do it!
All funds raised go to support Cascade AIDS Project's mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminating HIV/AIDS-related stigma. A portion of the proceeds will support our partner agencies, as well. Those agencies are Our House, Quest, the HIV Day Center, Partnership Project, and Esther's Pantry.
The National Institutes of Health recently released a study showing that HIV-positive people who adhere to their treatment are 96% less likely to transmit HIV to their sexual partners. This "treatment as prevention" finding proves the important of finding people who are HIV positive and getting them into treatment as soon as possible. To this end, Cascade AIDS Project continues to expand its HIV testing, counseling, and referral program with the goal of having everyone know his or her HIV status, and for those who are positive to receive the medication they need.
We can only accomplish this goal with the help of everyone who walks, donates, and raises funds for AIDS Walk. We won't quit until the epidemic is over. We hope to see you among the 10,000 people who gather on Sunday, September 23, for AIDS Walk Portland.
For the third year, Cascade AIDS Project will be hosting the AIDS Walk Bar Challenge. This is a friendly competition between local bars and restaurants to encourage team creation, fund raising and attendance at the Walk itself. Each venue is led by a Team Captain who supports employee fundraising efforts, provides encouragement and drives use of social media to spread the word about AIDS Walk Portland 2012.
The Bar Challenge 2012 team which raises the most funds will play host to the AIDS Walk Portland Awards Ceremony. The next year, they will also be recognized as an AIDS Walk Sponsor as well as being the starting line for a bar crawl taking supporters to most, if not all, of the participating Bar Challenge venues.
Hobo's Restaurant was the Bar Challenge winner in 2011. Their 59 team members succeeded in raising $16,126.00 for CAP to prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma.
We look forward to another fun rivalry between friends and business owners to generate excitement around AIDS Walk Portland on September 23, 2012!
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Sure, AIDS Walk Portland 2012 doesn't take place until Sunday, September 23, 2012, but Cascade AIDS Project is deep into making sure it's a stellar event.
Last year's AIDS Walk route through downtown and the Pearl District was such a success that we'll be following the same route this year. We're lining up entertainment and food for the kickoff in Pioneer Square. And a slate of sponsors have already committed for AIDS Walk Portland: Nike, The Standard, Fred Meyer, Family Care, Alpha Broadcasting 95.5, NW Natural, Hobo's, and Departure.
Most importantly, AIDS Walk registration is now open! Start pulling together your team now. Lots of people are choosing themes (remember the team dressed as super heroes last year?) and setting fundraising goals. You can register at www.aidswalkportland.org.
As the walk draws nearer, we'll have more to report. Stay tuned.
Thank you so much, everyone who participated in AIDS Walk Portland 2012! Thanks to you, we drew over 10,000 people to the walk and raised $475,000, surpassing our goal by an astounding $75,000! We owe it all to the people who walked, raised money, and spread the word to their friends, coworkers, and family. We are grateful, too, to the scores of volunteers who helped set up the walk, run registration, act as sentinels along the walk's route, and more.
What makes this year particularly special is that we are beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against HIV and AIDS. The National Institutes of Health released a report showing that people who are HIV positive and take their medication have reduced the likelihood that they'll transmit the virus to their sexual partners by 96%. This means that we can virtually stop HIV in its tracks if we can test everyone and get those who are HIV positive on medication.
The funds you helped us raise at AIDS Walk will go a long way toward getting the word out about the need to know your HIV status. We'll continue to offer free, rapid HIV tests at Pivot in downtown Portland for gay and bisexual men, and we'll offer rapid HIV tests in our office to anyone who requests one, for a suggested donation. (No one will be turned away, however.) Those who test positive will quickly be linked with any physical and emotional support they require. It only takes half an hour, and not even a blood draw, to know your HIV status. As always, we'll keep spreading the word about how to protect ourselves and those we love from HIV, and we'll work to remove the stigma from discussing it.
Again, thank you for making this the best AIDS Walk yet!
On Sunday, October 2nd, Cascade AIDS Project will hold its 25th AIDS Walk in downtown Portland, Oregon. We've been gearing up for this walk for months now, and our goal is to raise $400,000 and draw over 11,000 to Pioneer Courthouse Square for the 2.5-mile walk through downtown, Old Town, and the Pearl District. We hope you will join us!
Cascade AIDS Project started AIDS Walk Portland as a way to raise awareness of HIV and to raise money to pursue its mission of preventing new HIV infections, caring for and empowering people affected and infected by HIV, and eliminating HIV/AIDS-related stigma.
Walking with us is a way to remind yourself and others that although HIV may not be much in the media, it has NOT gone away. In fact, more people living with HIV/AIDS today than ever before. Shockingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one in five people with the virus doesn't even know he or she has it. AIDS Walk's goal is to remind people that the battle against HIV and AIDS hasn't ended. We all should get tested and know our HIV status. All of us who are sexually active need to know how to protect ourselves and the people we love. Last but not least, people living with HIV/AIDS should be loved and supported, not feared.
So far, we've raised over $90,000 in sponsorships for AIDS Walk, and new teams and walkers are registering every day. If you're in the Portland area, please stop by www.aidwalkportland.org to find out about events leading up to AIDS Walk, such as our DJ contest at Cuda on Thursday, September 8th, or the Bar Crawl to raise funds for AIDS Walk on Saturday, September 10th.
And, of course, be sure to join us at 9 am on Sunday, October 2nd, for music, presentations, free breakfast, and AIDS Walk! With your help, we can beat this virus.
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