Archive for Friday, April 6, 2007

AIDS Walk slated for Saturday

April 6, 2007

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The Douglas County AIDS Project will host its annual AIDS Walk on Saturday.

This year, in addition to the annual one-mile walk, the event will include a 5K run. Kristin Brumm, DCAP executive director, said Don "Red Dog" Gardner, who runs Red Dog's Dog Days community workout program, agreed to support the event and is slated to lead participants in warm-up exercises before the run.

"We really want to encourage more participation from runners in the community," Brumm said.

All proceeds will go directly to support DCAP's services, which include case management for HIV-positive community members, HIV prevention and education programming, and free HIV counseling and testing. Brumm said last year's walk raised $15,000, and the goal is to double that amount this year.

But Brumm emphasized that the event's purpose goes beyond necessary fundraising.

"I think there is a dual message," she said. "The first being a message of awareness of HIV and AIDS as an issue that hasn't gone away and still needs attention. The second is to express appreciation for the tremendous amount of support our organization has received."

On average in Kansas, when a person tests positive for HIV, he or she has been positive for nine years before being tested. Brumm said that's a problem the community needs to address, and she hopes this event will help to encourage that.

"It's a fun way to bring our supporters together," she said.

The run will start at 7:45 a.m. at Maceli's, 1031 N.H., followed by the start of the walk at 8 a.m. Both routes will travel through downtown Lawrence.

The event will conclude with an awards ceremony and breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the restaurant.

For more information, see http://douglascountyaidsproject.org/.

- Journal-World intern Anne Burgard can be reached at 832-7261.

Comments

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 3 months ago

I really want to support the fight against AIDS, but I keep reading about DCAP's deep involvement in the homosexual community. Why is this?

I want to fight AIDS but not through drag shows, condom give-aways from Madonna or "pride" marches.

Confrontation 8 years, 3 months ago

I really want to support the fight against homelessness, but I keep reading about the Salvation Army's involvement in the lazy community.

I really want to support the fight against hunger, but I keep reading about the Ballard Community Center's involvement in the welfare community.

Makes just as much sense as bashing DCAP for trying to prevent the spread of HIV. The "homosexual community" is the hardest hit community in Lawrence. Why wouldn't DCAP try to reach out to this group? If you don't like DCAP, then get off your butt and help other agencies that fight HIV.

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 3 months ago

Your two examples don't run parallel to my logic, unless you're wanting to equate AIDS with homosexuality.

Any comment on the drag, Madonna-condom, "pride" stuff?

SettingTheRecordStraight 8 years, 3 months ago

Smitty, "homophobic" is neither a medical nor a scientific term. It is a public relations creation designed to guilt and shame America into accepting homosexual activity as normal.

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