MIAMI, FL (February 2018) – Sunday, April 22, 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of AIDS Walk Miami at SoundScape Park located on 500 17th Street in Miami Beach, FL.
30 years ago, the Surgeon General published the government’s first major statement on HIV prevention; Cleve Jones created the first panel for the AIDS Memorial Quilt; and the FDA had yet to approve any medications for the treatment of AIDS. HIV/AIDS is now a manageable illness, with a host of medications allowing people to live longer, healthier lives. What hasn’t changed is that people are still becoming diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and people living with HIV/AIDS still need services that are funded by AIDS Walk Miami.
Jorge Bernal, Television Host of Telemundo’s Suelta La Sopa was chosen to serve as Grand Marshal. According to Bernal, “It is an honor to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 30th Anniversary of AIDS Walk Miami. Advances in treatment and new prevention strategies have now made “Getting to Zero” – zero new infections, zero deaths, zero stigma – an achievable goal! Getting to zero still requires the efforts of everybody. Please join me on April 22 at SoundScape Park in Miami Beach and thousands of others who are committed to getting to zero by participating in AIDS Walk Miami. Participation is critical to increasing awareness, fighting stigma, and raising funds to support the most vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS in South Florida.”
“AIDS Walk Miami continues to be an important fundraiser and continues to attract thousands of participants who walk for different reasons, but walk together for one common cause – to prevent new infections, maximize the health outcomes of those infected, and to end the epidemic here in South Florida. During this 30-year anniversary, we will walk in honor and memory of those we knew, loved, and lost to HIV. With the progress that continues to be made, we are hopeful that sometime in our life time, God willing, there will be a cure.”
– Rick Siclari, CEO, Care Resource
The 30th Annual AIDS Walk Miami is a 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource and the Food-for-Life-Network. All funds raised from AIDS Walk Miami are used in Miami-Dade and Broward to help diverse communities in need including case management services, housing assistance, food assistance, counseling, prevention outreach and education, and other support services. Care Resource also offers free, confidential HIV testing.
The Walk starts outside SoundScape Park located on 500 17th Street in Miami Beach, FL. Registration begins at 8:00am. The walk begins promptly at 9:00am. To register online, visit www.aidswalkmiami.org. During the post-walk ceremony, a community health fair with a variety of activities for families and the community is available for attendees. The community health fair, shortly after AIDS Walk Miami, includes pet adoptions, free wellness screenings, HIV testing, carnival games, fun giveaways, dozens of booths with information about available medical and support resources and more. Walkers are encouraged to visit every station at the
“ It is an honor to serve as the Grand Marshal fo the 30th Anniversary of AIDS Walk Miami. Advances in treatment and new prevention strategies have now made “Getting to Zero” – zero new infections, zero deaths, zero stigma – an achievable goal! Getting to zero still requires the efforts of everybody.”
-Jorge Bernal, AIDS Walk Miami Grand Marshal
“ While advancements have been made in medicine to reduce the risk of contraction, we are still on our journey to end AIDS. Working cohesively with my friends at Care Resource is an honor and I am looking forward to celebrate the progress we’re making together as a community.”
-Daniel Patrick Ellis, AIDS Walk Miami singer and performer
ABOUT CARE RESOURCE Care Resource is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). The health center has seven (7) facilities located in Midtown Miami, Little Havana, Miami Beach, Coconut Grove and Fort Lauderdale, which provide comprehensive health and support services to address the full health care needs of our pediatric, adolescent and adult populations. For more information, please visit www.careresource.org
ABOUT FOOD FOR LIFE NETWORK, INC. Food For Life Network, Inc. is a 501[c] (3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing food and nutritional assistance for those living with chronic illnesses in Miami-Dade County since 1987. For more information, please visit foodforlifenetwork. org. Contact: Jonathan Welsh, Marketing and Development Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 305. 576. 1234. EXT: 249