It’s been 25 years since the first AIDS Walk For Life, an anniversary requiring as much sober reflection as celebration.
“The HIV epidemic in Canada has evolved dramatically since the early days and we have made many advances,” said Monique Doolittle-Romas, Executive Director for the Canadian AIDS Society. “Nonetheless, it’s still an anniversary we’d rather not be commemorating. People are living longer lives and the urgency that once surrounded HIV is no longer present, but HIV still poses significant challenges to individuals and communities, and prevention is still critical.”
The Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a disease caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Individuals living with HIV/AIDS often face significant challenges from the stigma associated with the diagnosis. Losing one’s job and relationship with family and friends is still a reality for HIV-positive individuals, coupled with the strain on one’s health as the disease progresses. Though treatments have come a long way in 25 years, there is still no cure.
Originally scheduled for Saturday, September 17, the Scotiabank AIDS Walk For Life in Sydney will take place September 25. The walk will take place on the Sydney waterfront boardwalk. Registration takes place at 5:00pm, and the walk begins at 6:00pm.
All money raised through pledges and donations goes towards local efforts, including helping individuals with transportation to Halifax for treatment, accessing services, and alleviating the general financial burden posed while living with HIV. To register for pledges, fundraise, or donate online, visit the Walk For Life website .
The annual walk is a project of the Canadian AIDS society, in partnership with community based organizations across the country. To learn more about the local AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton, visit accb.ns.ca