AIDS Walk/Run: Combating HIV/AIDS
Only if you are able to do so, please either:
- Walk/run with me as part of the Phoenix Frontrunners AIDS Walk Team: www.auntritasevents.org/team/phxfr
- Sponsor my run in the AIDS Walk: www.auntritasevents.org/participant/Shaggy2
I'm participating as part of the Phoenix Frontrunners Team in the AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Fun Run, with proceeds going to the Aunt Rita's Foundation. Aunt Rita's vision is "to be the catalyst of HIV/AIDS awareness, education and support."
As many of you know, my first boyfriend who remained a good friend for over 30 years recently passed away of kidney failure related to his health decline caused by crohn's disease and AIDS. My husband's nephew (who happened to own The Hole in San Diego) also passed away from AIDS about 28 years ago. And several other wonderful men I knew and greatly admired for their work toward combating bigotry were taken by AIDS in the mid- to late-1980s.
The good news is that almost all of my friends who are HIV-positive live healthy, normal lives, and have support and help available. Many of my friends who are HIV-negative are more likely to remain HIV-negative. These outcomes are the result of the efforts of organizations like Joshua Tree Feeding Program (www.jtfp.org), Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (https://swhiv.org/) and Project Hard Hat (www.projecthardhat.org/), which are just 3 of the 16 organizations to which the Aunt Rita's Foundation disburses funds raised by the AIDS Walk and other fundraisers throughout the year.
Thank you to my brothers, our kinsmen and to our friends for being awesome!