Elliott was among many visiting the panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, which features panels honoring those who have died from HIV and is displayed in Piedmont Park during the walk.
“The quilt reminds us why were here,” Elliott said. “We have to stop this quilt from growing. Unfortunately, it continues to grow every day. And the quilt is a perfect reminder of the purpose for all this work and all this effort.”
Brett Parker, 28, of Atlanta, participated in the walk with friends and family members who made up the team “Brett’s Babes.” Last year his team had five members. This year it had eight, including his parents wearing t-shirts that read “Brett’s Mom” and “Brett’s Dad.”
“The walk is not only for people have it, but for those who don’t yet. It’s [HIV and AIDS] always on everybody’s mind in the community — or it should be,” said Parker, who is gay.
Top photo: AIDS Walk Atlanta drew 10,000 to Piedmont Park on Oct. 16. Donations are accepted through Nov. 30. (Photo by Brent Corcoran / RNZ Photography)