Sunday, May 15, 2005
I did another charity walk and again it was in the rain, but at least this time it was warm and it only drizzled.
It was the 10k AIDS Walk NY -- the world's largest AIDS fundraiser! I walked in honor of a college friend with HIV and of course the millions of other people who have it.
I joined the Ralph Lauren Polo team, because my friend works there and the company encouraged their employees to invite friends and family and walk together, thus why I'm with them. They gave me a nice t-shirt to wear, surprisingly it's not a polo tee though.
As we walked by the opening ceremony area, I briefly heard John Spencer, Rosie Perez and Judith Light speak and cheer everyone on.
Unfortunately since my friends donated to the Revlon Breast Cancer walk two weeks ago, I wasn't able to raise anything this time, besides my entrance fee and the money that I donated myself :( If anyone would like to make a contribution to raise urgently needed funds and send the message that the AIDS crisis is not over go to: http://aidswalknewyork2005.kintera.org/tara129
2.9 million people died from AIDS in 2003; nearly half a million were children under the age of 15.
4.8 million people were newly infected with HIV in 2003; that's 14,000 a day!
38 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS
25 million children will be orphans by 2010 because of AIDS
70 million deaths from AIDS are estimated in the next 20 years (HOLY SHIT!!!!)
PS: I finally got a letter from MY SOLDIER, after months and months of sending care packages to him. He's from Colorado and on a 30 day leave.