My Experience at AIDS Walk New York

May 16, 2011

For those of you who didn’t know, Sunday, May 15th was the 26th Annual AIDS Walk New York in Central Park to raise funds for GMHC and other organizations that do HIV prevention and provide services for people affected by HIV/AIDS.

The AIDS walk is open to everyone, but the vast majority of walkers came in groups representing companies, schools and organizations from Target to the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. It was amazing to see all the different groups and their respective t-shirts; there couldn’t have been a more vibrant or positive group of people.

Although I am not an active member, I walked with Keep a Child Alive (KCA), which raises money to provide care for children who are affected by HIV in Africa. I was stunned to learn that KCA alone raised $66,500 for AIDS Walk New York, and a total of $6.2 million was raised by the 45,000 walkers who turned out for the walk. Even though the weather was cloudy and rainy, clearly no one was afraid of getting a little wet during the 10-kilometer walk.

It was great to talk to all the great people on the walk while volunteers, who lined the road, handed out food, water and even the occasional free condom (these came from a very colorful group dressed up in drag).

You can always raise money and donate to AIDS Walk New York online to support HIV prevention and those affected by HIV/AIDS. But if you and your friends live close to New York City, I highly suggest that you think about fundraising and participating in AIDS Walk New York next year. It was an unforgettable and enlightening experience.

—Sam Dercon, 17, Staff Writer

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