My friend George is walking in the AidsWalk next Saturday, as has been his tradition for over a decade now. He’s already exceeded his fundraising goal of $1000 (yay, George!), and I’d like to encourage anyone who cares about HIV/AIDS and is in a position to support George to visit his fundraising page here. Even though he’s exceeded his initial goal, every dollar he raises goes for a good cause, and a lot of work remains to be done.
I’ll let George speak for himself, as he says it so well:
This year is the 20th anniversary of the Northwest AIDS Walk. A whole generation has passed. Twenty years ago, AIDS was a gay man’s disease and a death sentence. The Reagan administration was just beginning to acknowledge the existence of AIDS, half a decade after it had first been recognized and thousands had died.
AIDS is still a serious problem, but the development of antiretroviral drugs a decade ago means that people with HIV are living longer, healthier lives than before. More than 1 million Americans are now living with HIV/AIDS: 9,000 of them in King County. 40,000 people are infected every year, and most new infections are among African-Americans. The U.S. is getting off relatively lightly: about one-quarter of the adults in southern Africa have HIV!
The Lifelong AIDS Alliance provides a variety of services to those living with HIV/AIDS in Washington State. I’ve walked in the AIDS Walk every year since 1992 and I’ve raised thousands of dollars for AIDS.
Please help me meet my fundraising goal of $1000 this year by sponsoring me at: http://www.lifelongevents.org/site/TR?px=1013411&pg=personal&fr_id=1080
If you are a Microsoft employee, be sure to also visit http://give to get matching for your donation.
/George V. Reilly