AIDS Walk Arizona benefits those living with HIV, AIDS

AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix, an Aunt Rita’s Foundation signature event, is a fundraiser designed for the entire family — and the 2015 event chairs exemplify this message.

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The Pulsipher family will chair this year’s AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix 2015. This photo, when posted on Facebook earlier this year, generated over 16,000 shares. (Photo by Randy’s Vision Photography)

Going public via social media this past May, HIV positive Andrew Pulsipher posted a photographic message of himself with his wife and children, who are HIV negative, on Facebook that elicited over 16,000 shares worldwide.

The Pulsiphers are the first family chosen to chair the event and to lend their voice to reduce the stigma of HIV and AIDS.

This year’s AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, at Central and Washington, Phoenix.

All funds raised are distributed equally to the 17 member agencies that provide programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease at the Red Brunch – A World Aids Day event in December.

Register to walk, run, sponsor a walker, runner, team or pet, donate directly as well as find parking and light rail information at www.aidswalkaz.org, or call 602-904-6001.

AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run Phoenix is a 5K event (about 3.1 miles) and should take a typical walker about an hour to complete. The 5K Run is a chip-timed race monitored by Race Place Events.

There is a new start location this year at Central and Washington with an after-party at CityScape featuring bands, restaurants, vendors and more.

Eight entertainment stages are staged throughout the walk with local bands entertaining. Also new to the event this year is KIDS for the Cause, where kids can raise funds and receive a slap bracelet and participate in special activities.

KIDS for the Cause & PAWS for the Cause participants may choose to take the designated Waggin’ Trail for a shorter route.

The venue opens 7 a.m. with interfaith services planned for 7:15 a.m. Entertainment begins at 8 a.m.; the 5K run begins 9 a.m. followed by the start of the walk at 9:10 a.m.

For directions, parking and light rail visit https://phoenix.aidswalkaz.org/event/event/parking.php

Cost is $30 for adults and $10 for ages 12 and under.

Cost for runners is $40 online through Oct. 25 and $45 the day of the event.

Registration and more information on AIDS Walk Arizona are available online at www.aidswalkaz.org

Founded in 1989, Aunt Rita’s Foundation, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit agency that advocates HIV education and awareness and raises and equitably distributes funds to 17 HIV/AIDS non-profit organizations with programs to prevent HIV/AIDS or assist those living with the disease.

Since 2005, Aunt Rita’s Foundation has granted over $1.2 million to its member agencies.

Aunt Rita’s Foundation also works to increase awareness and education about HIV/AIDS statewide through HIVAZ.ORG.

For more information, www.auntritas.org or call 602-882-8675.

 

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