At this moment, 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, according to federal statistics, and about one in four new infections is among young people between the ages of 13 and 24 years old. For more than three decades, organizations like Lifelong have worked tirelessly to educate people about HIV and AIDS, and offer services and caring hearts to those whose lives and families are affected by the disease.
We can support their work by participating in this weekend's Seattle AIDS Walk. KING 5 has been a proud sponsor of the walk for more than 25 years, and New Day host Margaret Larson has emceed the walk for a number of years, and will do the honors again this Saturday. Members of the Seattle Quake rugby team will warm up the crowd, as they've also done for years. Kelly Bray from Lifelong joined Margaret to talk about the event, as well as the troubling rise in HIV cases among young people. Seattle Quake player True Halliwell shared why the team is so dedicated to supporting Lifelong and the Seattle AIDS Walk, then he and three teammates led the audience in a lively warm-up routine aimed at jump-starting any type of activity!
(2013 Seattle AIDS Walk - Photo: Sally Phnouk)
The Seattle AIDS Walk takes place Saturday, September 27 at Volunteer Park in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Registration opens at 8:30am, followed at 9:30am by opening ceremonies, the warm-up, run and walk! Please click here for more information about the Walk, including how to support the event if you can't attend. If you *are* attending, tweet photos of yourself and your friends using the hashtag #SeattleAIDSWalk