The 8th annual Walk for a Cure to raise funds to fight the spread of HIV will be held at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church on Saturday and benefits YouthPride, a nonprofit that serves LGBT youth. The 5K walk will be held on the campus of the church.
“YouthPride’s focus has been to create culturally competent HIV prevention education based how youth brains function in the retention of educational messages,” said Terence McPhaul in a statement. McPhaul is executive director and CEO of YouthPride, a nonprofit offering services and resources to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth living in metro Atlanta.
"Until that cure is found, we have to ramp-up quality care for those living with HIV/AIDS. And we have to be vigorous about getting formidable prevention messages to those most vulnerable," he said.
The Walk for a Cure will include a health fair including free oral swab HIV tests as well as breast exams, prostate exams and blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes screenings.
The theme for this year’s walk is, “Yes, We Can Find a Cure!” The other beneficiary for the fundraiser is Community Unification Initiatives.
A health fair will also be onsite at the church with free oral HIV tests, prostrate exams, breast exams, and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. Registration is $25. A pre-walk ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m. with the walk stepping off at 9 a.m.