AIDS Walk History
The AIDS Walk for Life was started by AIDS Project Rhode Island in the mid-1980s—part of a wave of grassroots fundraisers held across the country that was that raised money to help provide care and support to individuals suffering during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when they were often without insurance, access to services, and/or dying alone because their families and communities had rejected them.
In the more than 30 years since the first AIDS Walk for Life, we have made great strides in the fight against HIV, and now, thanks to advances in medication, people with HIV are living longer, healthier lives.
That does not mean, however that HIV and AIDS have gone away. The virus may not make headlines much these days, but more than 1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. Every year, more than 30,000 people in the U.S. get HIV, and continued stigma against people living with the virus, gaps in education, and lack of connection to care and support services present enormous challenges.
Hope Harris Award
APRI will honor U.S. Rep David Cicilline (D-RI) with the Hope Harris Memorial Award at the event in honor of his longtime work in support of people living with and affected by HIV. Cicilline is a former APRI board member and his work on a local, state, and national level has long championed the rights of people living with HIV and advocated for increased funding for services provided by organizations such as APRI that will help end the epidemic.
About the Hope Harris Award:
Hope Harris was an AIDS Project Rhode Island Board Member and leader who was passionate in her outreach to the African American community to fight the stigma around HIV. Named after Hope, this award recognizes persons or organization exemplifying service to the communities APRI serves and dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
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