Aids Walk 2012 This Weekend
PALM SPRINGS - For one year only, there will be two sections of the Palm Springs AIDS Walk this year. Some Walkers may choose to complete only the first half, while others may decide to also complete the second half – when the Walk joins the 2012 Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade on Sunday, November 4. The Walk – and the thousands of Walkers who have helped raise AIDS awareness and funds for all these years – will be honored with the inaugural “Spirit of Stonewall Advocate of the Year Award” for helping to provide care, prevention, advocacy, and love for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Anne and Kirk Douglas, along with former First Lady Betty Ford, chaired the very first Desert AIDS Walk – in a year that reported a total of 100,000 AIDS diagnoses. Today, about 1.1 million American citizens are living with HIV, of the more than 34.2 million around the world.
If you haven’t yet registered to Walk … or you’d just like to support someone else who is Walking with a donation … please visit www.desertaidsproject.org. The first 24 Walks have raised nearly $6.25 million through individual Walkers who secure donation pledges from friends and families, as well as through significant sponsorships from community partnerships! The 2012 Palm Springs AIDS Walk is hoping to break all past records by raising more than $250,000 this year.
This year, registration will begin at 7:30 AM at the Kaiser facility at 1100 N. Palm Canyon at Tachevah, where plenty of free parking will be available. After a bit of music and merriment, returning host Scott Nevins will welcome Timothy Brown – “The Berlin Patient” who is the only person known to have been cured of HIV – and others who will be showing their support of D.A.P.’s 28 years of service to the HIV/AIDS community of Palm Springs and the surrounding area.
At 9:00 AM, the Walk will step off toward the Pride Parade staging area at Ramon and Palm Canyon Drive. Those wishing to take part in a never-repeated event are more than welcomed to join the second half of the route as the 25th Anniversary Palm Springs AIDS Walk joins the Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade, beginning at 10:00 AM. Desert AIDS Project clients, volunteers, and staff have created a parade float – and lots of surprises – so Walkers are sure to enjoy a warm reception from Parade watchers!!
“As we continue to look to that day when there may be a vaccine against HIV or a cure for AIDS, D.A.P. will continue to provide care and treatment, while we try to stem the tide of further HIV infection here in Palm Springs,” said David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project. “We couldn’t do it without the help of those who support us with the Palm Springs AIDS Walk. Whether they join us for just the first half or decide to Walk in the Pride Parade as well, we are so grateful for their continuing support of D.A.P.!”
Desert AIDS Project serves people living with HIV and AIDS by providing comprehensive support, including medical care, case management, and social services, like food, housing, and counseling. D.A.P. also offers free and confidential HIV testing at a number of locations throughout the communities it serves. To learn more about Desert AIDS Project, please call 760-323-2118, visit www.desertaidsproject.org or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.