Why I Walk
We are excited to announce a new record in funds raised by the 26th annual AIDS Walk Portland. More than $525,000 was raised--$75,000 more than CAP’s stated goal! CAP will use these funds to support activities like HIV testing, community education and services for families and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. More than 10,000 walkers joined in the fight against HIV/AIDS during this year’s walk.
“CAP’s Board of Directors couldn’t be more excited about the outcome of this year’s walk,” said Jackie Yerby, Board Chair. “ Beyond breaking the half-million mark for the first time ever, AIDS Walk Portland also drew a record number of elected officials participating in the event. Congresswoman Susanne Bonamici addressed a crowd of VIP walkers and sponsors during an exclusive breakfast at Departure atop The Nines Hotel. Governor John Kitzhaber addressed the crowd of over 10,000 walkers from the main stage in Pioneer Courthouse Square. His comments tied together the important work of health reform in Oregon with the goal of ending the HIV epidemic. He also recognized the vaccine research being conducted at Oregon Health and Sciences University.
Mayor Sam Adams closed the comments by elected officials with praise for the leadership of Michael Kaplan and the Board at CAP. Other elected officials present on stage to show support included: Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen; State Senators Ginny Burdick and Jackie Dingfelder; State Representatives Alissa Keny-Guyer and Mary Nolan; Portland City Commissioners Nick Fish and Amanda Fritz; and Multnomah County Commissioners Judy Shiprack, Loretta Smith & Diane McKeel.
More than 7,000 people are living with HIV in Oregon, 20% of whom don't know they are HIV positive. AIDS Walk Portland raises essential funds to support those living with the virus and those at risk of infection. Knowing your status and having access to healthcare are the two most important factors related to one’s sexual health, next to practicing safe sex.