Cascade AIDS Project's AIDS Walk Portland

by Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)
Cascade AIDS Project's AIDS Walk Portland

Challenge

HIV and AIDS may have fallen from the headlines, but the number of new HIV infections diagnosed every year in Oregon hasn't decreased in well over a decade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one in five HIV-positive people doesn't even know they have the virus, and these people are responsible for at least half of new infections. Through AIDS Walk Portland, Cascade AIDS Project heightens awareness about HIV/AIDS, raises money to continue the fight and support those living with it.

Solution

AIDS Walk Portland heightens awareness of HIV and AIDS, helps decrease the stigma and fear associated with talking about the virus, and raises needed funds to combat the virus.

Long-Term Impact

AIDS Walk Portland encourages everyone to know their HIV status and to protect themselves. HIV education, testing, and prevention are our best weapons against the virus and ultimately the only way to combat the pandemic.

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The annual AIDS Walk will take place on September 7, 2019 at Fields Park. As of now, we have raised $17,377 towards our goal of $400,000. Although we have done a lot already, we still have so much to do and September will be here before we know it!

For over 30 years, the city’s finest have gathered to celebrate life, reduce HIV stigma, and remember those lost to HIV at the Portland AIDS Walk. Cascade AIDS Project has always led this event, the largest and most visible AIDS fundraising even in the Pacific Northwest. The 2.5 mile walk through downtown Portland draws over 3,000 participants each year and through our community’s support, AIDS Walk Portland raises $400,000 to support the HIV/AIDS work of CAP and our community partners.

 

An estimated 1.1 million Americans currently live with HIV, with one in seven not knowing they carry the virus. In Oregon over 7,000 individuals are HIV-positive, with over nearly 70% of them living in the Portland metropolitan area. We walk AIDS Walk Portland for these individuals and their affected families and friends.

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AIDS Walk Celebration
AIDS Walk Celebration

AIDS Walk will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at The Fields Park.

For over 30 years the city’s finest have gathered to celebrate life, reduce HIV stigma, and remember those we’ve lost to HIV at the Portland AIDS Walk. The 2.5 mile walk through downtown Portland draws over 4,000 participants each year, including walkers and donors. Through our community’s support, AIDS Walk Portland raises over $350,000 to support the HIV/AIDS work of CAP and our community partners, and remains the largest and most visible AIDS fundraising event in the Pacific Northwest.

An estimated 1.1 million Americans currently live with HIV, with one in seven not knowing they carry the virus. In Oregon an estimated 7,000 individuals are HIV-positive, with nearly 70% of them living in the Portland metropolitan area. AIDS Walk Portland is a time for individuals from all walks of life to come together to support our HIV positive colleagues, family members, friends, and neighbors. It is a time to support the agencies that support those with HIV as they recover and regain an enthusiastic focus on life.

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We were able to raise $383,907 toward our 2018 goal of $400,000! Our top walker, Daniel Borgen, alone raised $12,611!

The walk had another successful year as thousands gathered at the Fields Park in Portland's Pearl District. There were games, music, bubbles, and balloons to kick off the festivities. CAP's Executive Directer, Tyler TerMeer, shared sentiments with the audience. City Councilman, Nick Fish, also spoke to the crowd about the importance of stigma reduction and vigilant focus on HIV in our changing world.

All in all, though the walk didn't hit its financial goal, we really consider this year to be a success. More people and teams showed up for the walk than in previous years. The sun was shining. Our walkers dismantled the efforts of a hateful group of protesters. Everyone left in good spirits!

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AIDS Walk Portland: September 8, 2018

For over 30 years the city’s finest have gathered to celebrate life, reduce HIV stigma, and remember those lost to HIV at the Portland AIDS Walk. Cascade AIDS Project has always led this event, the largest and most visible AIDS fundraising even in the Pacific Northwest. The 2.5 mile walk through downtown Portland draws over 3,000 participants each year. Through our community’s support, AIDS Walk Portland raises $400,000 to support the HIV/AIDS work of CAP and our community partners.

 An estimated 1.1 million Americans currently live with HIV, with one in seven not knowing they carry the virus. In Oregon over 7,000 individuals are HIV-positive, with over nearly 70% of them living in the Portland metropolitan area. We walk AIDS Walk Portland for these individuals and their affected families and friends.

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Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)

Location: Portland, OR - USA
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Cascade AIDS Project (CAP)
Jennifer Narron
Project Leader:
Jennifer Narron
Portland, OR United States

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