27th AIDS Walk Looking for Walkers!

We’re looking for walkers for the 27th annual AIDS Walk, happening on Sunday, September 23, beginning and ending on the Rhode Island State House lawn.  Registration is 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10. Will you join us? Form a team with friends and family!  Remember someone special. Check out the 2.5 mile walk’s fundraising page!

“It’s about raising money and it’s about raising awareness,” said executive director Tom Bertrand.  “It’s also a time for remembrance.  Many of our walkers participate to commemorate a loved one who died from AIDS. And, now it is a time of hope as we encourage young people to grow up healthy, to grow up AIDS-free, and to get tested for HIV.”

The event’s manager, Amy Stein, noted that Rhode Island First Lady Stephanie Chafee, one of the state’s first nurses to work exclusively with AIDS patients, is honorary chair. “Mrs. Chafee knows the devastation and loss caused by AIDS first-hand. We are honored that she has agreed to participate this year.”

Philip Chan, MD, is the event’s chair. Dr. Chan is an attending physician at The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital specializing in HIV/AIDS. He also performs research at Brown on HIV epidemiology and transmission. “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the AIDS Walk and the effort in Rhode Island to help our young people grow up healthy,” said Dr. Chan. “This is a time for all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, to develop healthy behaviors to protect them from HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.”

NBC 10’s Barbara Morse Silva will emcee.  (See her report on HIV couples testing here.)

Walkers will enjoy food from Cuban Revolution and Libations restaurants, coffee and iced tea from Starbucks, and chair massages from Healing Hands Massage Therapy.  Music will be provided by Romantic Receptions DJ Philip Weston, and there will be a performance from the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus.

Walks sponsors include: Cardi’s Furniture; Clear Channel Stations; The Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Alliance; The Miriam Hospital, a Lifespan Partner; and the City of Providence.

Questions? Please contact Amy at amy@aidsprojectri.org.