Monday, October 16, 2006

AIDS Walk - Atlanta 2006 Continued

Apparently you're limited to the number of photos per post you can use here on blogger? Who knew. Anyway, on with the show.

Boys with Flags on the roof of Blake's. Blake's is a gay bar in the heart of midtown Atlanta and one of the first bars I ever went to. Very much a boy bar, very friendly. And every year these guys stand on top of the building and wave the flags proudly. No, AIDS doesn't just target the gay community, but we show our support whole heartedly with anything that can make a difference.

And finally the end. I have to admit, this photo doesn't flatter me and my fat face, UGH! My friends Rachel (in the white) and Delia (in the yellow) joined us that day too.

All in all it was a great day, a perfect weekend, the weather was AMAZING, not a cloud in the sky, not too hot, a perfect day.

A big thank you to everyone who donated to me to support AID Atlanta. Just so you know, they raised over 800,000 dollars (lest you think it was sheep or something), last year. This year, they expect it to be much more. 12 organizations receive this money to do further research, provide care both physically and spiritually and to educate people about HIV and AIDS.

Just so you know, here are some AIDS facts. I want you to FEEL GOOD people and know that you donated to a worthy cause. I can't thank you enough.

- Washington, DC has the highest AIDS case rate among women, twelve times the national average.

- By the end of 2005, 40.3 million people were living with HIV/AIDS, including 17.5 million women and 2.3 million children under the age of 15.

- 4.9 million people became newly infected with HIV in 2005, including 700,000 children. Of these, 3.2 million new infections occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa.

- In 2005 alone, a total of 3.1 million people died of HIV/AIDS-related causes.

- World-wide, only one in ten persons infected with HIV has been tested and knows his/her HIV status.

And those are just a few statistics. Yes there is hope, there's always hope. But it's being able to afford that hope, or have access to it that will get people with HIV/AIDS through another day.

I could go on and on as it's an issue that's close to my heart but I'll step off my soapbox now with this.

Educate - Ask - Protect Yourselves.


Blogger hotdrwife said...

Awesome!! It's a worthy cause. Thanks for sharing the photos with us!

6:31 AM  
Blogger dirk.mancuso said...

Congrats on exceeding your goal!

And a big hug for participating!

(I also noticed that Blogger limits the number of photos. And yet a certain Miss Laurie posts several pics at a time over on her blog. Hmmmmmmm...what's THAT about?)

7:08 AM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

Incredible person you are! It's a cause worth participating in!

God bless!

9:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like it was an awesome day. Thanks for sharing.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Big Pissy said...

Looks like a great day!

Thanks for sharing the photos!

(I'm able to post lots of pictures....but sometimes it takes a lot longer than other times. You just never know with Blogger, do you? :( )

12:33 PM  

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