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Registration now open for 2012 AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run

The 22nd annual AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K run is the largest AIDS-related fundraising event in the Southeast, last year raising more than $1 million from over 12,000 participants and surpassing 2010's fundraising by $82,000.

This year's event takes place Oct. 21 at Piedmont Park, but registration is now open for walkers and runners. To register, visit www.aidswalkatlanta.com or call 404-876-WALK (9255). The fee for walkers is $10; the fee for runners is $30 through Oct. 20 and $40 on race day.

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AIDS Walk nears $925,000 goal

2011 Atlanta AIDS Walk

Thousands flocked to Piedmont Park Oct. 16 participate in the annual AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run, raising money for area agencies that serve those with HIV and AIDS.

Fundraising from the walk currently totals $915,000 with a final goal of $925,000, according to Tracy Elliott, executive director of AID Atlanta, which produces the annual event. People can donate until Nov. 30 to AID Atlanta.

“Sometimes those of us in the field feel alone, that the world has forgotten about HIV and AIDS, and then we have the walk and 10,000 people show up and remind us that they haven’t forgotten, that Atlanta still cares,” Elliott said. “It keeps my energy going for the year. It’s a really meaningful day. I love this day.”

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AIDS Walk’s diverse crowd to raise $900,000 to fight HIV

Atlanta’s AIDS Walk is the largest single fundraiser for a host of HIV organizations across the city, and also maintains its place on the calendar as one of the most diverse events in the city.

This year organizers hope to attract 8,000 walkers and runners with teams from Atlanta’s colleges, corporations, small businesses, churches and LGBT organizations. AID Atlanta, the walk’s primary organizing agency, said the diversity of the walk doesn’t happen by accident.

“We have two people whose entire job it is to develop teams, and to keep those teams very diverse. So they’re at Morehouse [College], and they’re at Burkhart’s Pub, and that’s exactly the approach, to get as many groups and people involved in possible,” said AID Atlanta Executive Director Tracy Elliott. “That’s possible because this is not a gay epidemic, or a black epidemic, a young epidemic, or an old epidemic; it really affects everyone.”

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Atlanta City Council honors AIDS Walk

Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan

The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously today to approve a resolution of support for the 2011 AIDS Walk Atlanta and 5K Run. The resolution was introduced by City Councilmember Alex Wan, who is gay and represents District 6, which includes Piedmont Park where the walk will be held Oct. 16.

According to a media release issued this afternoon, “The resolution acknowledges the unique challenges that HIV/AIDS presents to citizens of Atlanta and the nation at-large and recognizes the labors undertaken by AIDS Walk Atlanta &5K Run over the past two decades in the form of patient services, education, research and advocacy.”

The council's resolution coincides with a fundraising drive led by Wan where members of the Georgia General Assembly from the Atlanta area are competing to raise money for the AIDS Walk against members of the Atlanta City Council.

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AIDS Walk Atlanta nears $850,000 raised for nonprofits

Atlanta AIDS Walk

He told his friend, “Come here. I want to show you the one with the boots on it.”

A woman standing behind him said she knew that panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and walked with her son and the two men toward it.

And there the two men, a woman and her teen son and the mother of Scott James Webster, the young man memorialized on the panel, gathered for a few minutes to talk during the 2010 AIDS Walk Atlanta held Oct. 17.

The panel includes Webster’s photo, a pair of cowboy boots and the lyrics to some of his favorite country music songs.”

AIDS Walk today

2009 Atlanta AIDS Walk

The 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta steps off today from Piedmont Park, drawing thousands to raise funds for 10 local AIDS service organizations

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Craig Washington believes he’s on a ‘sacred’ journey to educate and save lives

Craig Washington, left, and the 2009 Atlanta AIDS Walk

Craig Washington, 50, says being a face of the 20th annual AIDS Walk Atlanta is “poetic.”

“I think there’s something very poetic … there’s an arc of growth and change to come from 25 years ago in the summer of ’85, being terrified and somewhat ashamed,” he says.

“And just operating on faith but not a lot of evidence and not wanting or willing to have anyone know that I was positive, to lending my name and my image as being openly HIV positive,” he adds. “It speaks a lot of how, not so much how much I’ve grown or changed, but also how the society I’m a part of has changed. … That to a certain extent has made room for me to do that.”

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Friends, family gather to remember Greg Barrett

Family and friends remember Greg Barrett

Friends and family of Greg Barrett came together at Christ Covenant MCC in Decatur this afternoon to honor his life and remember his community volunteerism. Barrett died suddenly June 3.

Community leaders and family remembered Barrett for his dedication to local nonprofit organizations as well on the impact he had on friends and family.