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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

SF AIDS Walk to Convene in Golden Gate Park This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM

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It's that time of year again. This Sunday, a crowd of 25,000 is expected to gather at Golden Gate Park to begin a 6.2-mile trek across the city to raise millions for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and other Bay Area HIV/AIDS organizations.

The 26th Annual SF AIDS Walk claims the money raised by walkers will help the foundation reduce HIV infections by 50 percent in 2015, educate people about their HIV status, and ensure that HIV-positive people get the all the help they need.

Sunday's opening ceremony starts at 9:45 a.m. on the stage in Sharon Meadow. There will be plenty of celebrities to spot, including ABC-7's Dan Ashley, Barrett Foa of NCIS, Glee's Dot-Marie Jones, Adam Shankman of Dancing with the Stars, and SF Aids Foundation CEO Neil Giuliano, who will speak at the ceremony. 

Cast members from The Scottsboro Boys musical will perform "You'll Never Walk Alone," a ballad to cheer the thousands of walkers as they make their way through Golden Gate Park.

If you aren't walking, you should at least get a free, confidential HIV test, which will be offered at the event. Afterward, you can join others at the fair on Hippie Hill. If you can't find a babysitter, the AIDS Foundation has got you covered. A Kidzone near the carousel will be there to sufficiently entertain your youngsters.

Register today or find out more about the Annual SF AIDS Walk on the foundation's website. San Franciscans should be proud -- the AIDS walk originated here in 1987 and has since spread to cities across the nation. Since 1987, the walk has raised more than $77 million and has become the largest AIDS fundraising event in Northern California.

So come walk and be part of a San Francisco legacy.

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