Giving Back to the Community: AIDS Walk 2012

By Uloop Archives on August 6, 2012

Just a bus ride and hop away from University of Denver’s campus at Cheesman Park, 8000 individuals meet up and walk a 5k around the historical Capitol Hill district in Denver for the benefit of continuing AIDS/HIV research. Individuals can walk, run, or even do a diva dash in high heels, which is only .5k because running in heels is incredibly difficult and should be left to unrealistic spy movies. It’s absolutely free to walk, if you’d like to test your time it’s $35 dollars to run and your four legged friend is a welcome along if he is on a leash. Before the walk officially begins there is music and vendors all supporting the awareness for the disease.

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Since 1981, 1.7 million Americans have been affected by and 600,000 have died from AIDS. Each year 50,000 new people are affected by HIV. The difference between HIV and AIDS is Human Immunodeficiency Virus infects the immune system over time while Acquired Immuno–Deficiency Syndrome is a more severe version of HIV. All donations are for Colorado Aids Project. Their objective is to give medical care to anyone affected and erase the homosexual stereotype associated with the disease. Anyone of any age can be effected. HIV is transmitted sexually, through shared needles or syringes of someone infected, or from an infected mother giving birth to a child.

Among the vendors, condoms are handed out to anyone to promote safe sex. If walking isn’t your thing, Volleyball is one of the many events at the park. The Colorado Gay Volleyball Association hosts the games and it’s incredibly completive and fun. Aids Walk 2012 is on August 11 at Cheesman Park in Capitol Hill. The Opening Ceremony is at 9:00 AM but the warm up at 8:30 AM is tons of fun set to classics like “It’s Raining Men.”

As a part of DU’s community, I feel that everyone should give back and a fun way to volunteer is to register and walk for a cure of HIV/AIDS. There are endless things to do and I encourage anyone in the area to come out and support the community.

For more information please visit the Colorado Aids Walk Website.

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