AIDS Walk for Life hailed as a success

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Largest turnout yet

AMHERST More than 30 people, from ages three months and up, came out to walk for life here on Saturday.

AIDS Walk for Life hailed as a success

AMHERST More than 30 people, from ages three months and up, came out to walk for life here on Saturday.

The third annual AIDS Walk For Life was a success, according to walk co-ordinator Debbie Currie.

Lets walk today with somebody in mind, said Currie, who lost two brothers to AIDS. All of us are infected or affected in some shape or form.

The participants, who included youths, parents, grandparents, babies and even dogs, gathered at the Cumberland YMCA parking lot for the kickoff of the walk, which took a short route around town and back to the parking lot for refreshments.

Currie said she was thrilled with the beautiful weather and the generous support from the community.

So far people are coming in with huge amounts of donations and pledges, she said. Its amazing just amazing.

High school student Corey Hunter raised almost $200 in pledges for the cause, which supports the Northern AIDS Connection Society, an organization dedicated to educating people about the disease and encouraging safe behaviour.

Im here today because I believe there are a lot of issues in the world today, including AIDS and of course cancer, and I find there is not as much attention on some of them as there should be, said Corey. I feel every person that can help a little bit should.

Educating young people is of utmost importance, according to Currie, who said youth were more educated on HIV and AIDS 10 years ago than they are today. She said the highest growing risk group today is youths between 14 and 25, and heterosexual females.



awagstaff@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: AIDS Walk For Life, Northern AIDS Connection Society

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