Atlanta in the Metro has a long public caring commitment to its citizens who endure HIV/AIDS, dating back to the first walk/run in 1990 to raise awareness for a disease that most people did not then understand. And in 2018, for the 28th consecutive year, there will be another annual event in Piedmont Park, continuing one of the great humanitarian traditions in Atlanta. This year’s edition of the AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K run will take place Sunday Oct. 21, 10 am-5 pm at Piedmont Park in the area near Park Tavern. The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display.
Executive director of AID Atlanta, Nicole Roebuck, says that HIV/AIDS is “the most significant health emergency in the state. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,381 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV in Georgia, making Georgia’s numbers the fifth-highest in the U.S. That’s why AIDS Atlanta is so proactive about the problem and fundraising is always an important key.
“We are always unsure about future government support,” said Roebuck, “so this walk/run is a way we can all come together and raise funds.” Indeed, for those affected by or at risk for AIDS the situation remains dire for many. According to health officials, 1 in 5 Georgians who have HIV don’t even know it. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. At the event on Oct. 21, confidential HIV and other screenings will be available.
The AIDS Walk/Run for years now has shown the ATL at its best, is festive, and a lot of fun. October is nearly always perfect weather and Piedmont Park comes alive with excitement caused by the feeling one is doing something active, energetic and positive in a great group event. Participants can register to walk for $15 until Oct. 20 and $20 after that. They can register to run the 5K for $35 until Oct. 20 and $50 after that. Volunteers can participate for free with at least a 4-hour shift. Those interested can call 404-876-9255 or go online: aidatl.convio.net
–Dr. Paul Hudson