SOURCE: AIDS Action Committee

May 31, 2005 15:14 ET

AIDS Action Committee's 20th Annual Aids Walk, and 5K Run "From All Walks of Life," June 5

Post-Walk Celebration and Health Fair Follow Festivities

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 31, 2005 --

WHO:       Mayor Thomas M. Menino
           Rebecca Haag, Executive Director, AIDS Action Committee
           Larry Kessler, Founder, AIDS Action Committee
           Individuals living with and supporting those with HIV/AIDS
           10,000 walkers expected

WHAT:      20th Annual AIDS Walk (10K 6.2-mile) and 5K Run,
           "From All Walks of Life,"

WHEN:      Sunday, June 5, 2005
           8:30 am VIP Breakfast for local dignitaries, VIPs, sponsors and
           walkers that have raised over $1,000
           9:30 am Opening Ceremony begins (Mayor to proclaim Sunday,
           June 5, "AIDS Walk Boston Day")
           9:45 am 5k Run begins (Lederman Field/Storrow Drive)
           10:00 am Walk begins at Hatch Shell
           11:00 am Post-Walk celebration and Health Fair begins at
           Hatch Shell
           2:00 pm -- Closing ceremony and "That's What Friends Are For"

WHERE:     Hatch Shell, Esplanade in Boston and through the streets of
           Boston, Brookline and Cambridge

WHY:       The need to raise awareness and funds to stop the spread of
           HIV/AIDS and support those living with the disease is as
           paramount today as it was 20 years ago, when AIDS Action
           Committee (AAC) held its first AIDS Walk.  The AIDS Walk is one
           of the oldest and most prestigious fundraising walks in Boston,
           raising much-needed funding for HIV/AIDS programs and services.
           Over 22,000 people are infected with HIV/AIDS in Massachusetts,
           with 1,000 new infections every year, many in young people and
           women of color.  The proportion of diagnoses of HIV infection
           among youth ages 13-24 increased by 40% from 1999-2002.
           Seventy-six percent of the women diagnosed from 2000-2002 with
           HIV infection were women of color.  AIDS affects people from
           all walks of life and does not discriminate. The 20th AIDS
           Walk & 5K Run is an event that allows people to work towards
           eradicating this disease and creating a better world for
           everyone, especially our youth.

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