AIDS Walk Los Angeles (AWLA) is the world’s first walk to fight HIV and AIDS. 35 years ago, a group of activists, patients, advocates, and friends put their soles on the line to shake the government into action during the AIDS crisis.
Since 1985, hundreds of thousands of walkers and their supporters have raised nearly $90 million to combat HIV and AIDS. These funds are a vital lifeline that sustains APLA Health’s prevention, care, and advocacy programs for more than 18,000 individuals living in Los Angeles County.
Due to the Coronavirus and strict city and state orders, this year the AWLA will be held virtually. A historic digital walk experience brings communities together across online platforms to educate and bring awareness to the incredible services APLA Health provides. Through this year’s event, AWLA is continuing a legacy of reducing stigma, giving voice to the voiceless and ending HIV/AIDS once and for all.
“AIDS Walk Los Angeles is the premiere HIV/AIDS event to organize community, educate, bring awareness and work to end an epidemic,” said Craig Thompson, CEO, APLA Health. “We’ve made major strides in improving the health and quality of life for people living with HIV, but the disease has yet to be eradicated and our work continues.”
The AWLA will be aired Saturday Aug. 29th on ABC7 at 6:30pm PST.
This year’s fundraising deadline is Sunday, September 13th.
To donate to a walker, a team, make a general donation to AIDS Walk Los Angeles or for more information please visit www.aidswalkla.org.