Despite the chilly rainy May 1 morning, the second annual AIDS Walk & Run succeeded in raising more than $87,000 to expand HIV/AIDS education, testing, treatment and related care in the region. The event was sponsored by Chase Brexton Health Care.
Baltimore’s rate of HIV/AIDS infection is 7.5 times higher than the national average, according to the CDC and HIV/AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death in the city. Moreover, at least 1 in 6 residents has not been tested for HIV. Baltimore City alone accounts for 41 percent of all new cases in Maryland.
More than 400 participants supported the event at Baltimore Zoo to walk, run and volunteer to support Chase Brexton.
Funds raised this year will help furnish two new mobile HIV testing, education and assistance vehicles, which were unveiled at the event. Proceeds from last year’s AIDS Walk were used to purchase the two mobile units.
“We could not be happier with the success of this year’s AIDS Walk & Run,” said Eric Heydorn, Chase Brexton special events manager in a statement. “HIV and AIDS remain a major problem in Baltimore and a leading cause of death here. We are so thankful to all of the participants, volunteers and sponsors who braved the rain to support this critically important effort to raise funds to expand testing and treatment.”