September 18 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago Nears

Thu. September 9, 2004 12:00 AM

Proceeds benefit grant-making program of AIDS Foundation of Chicago.

Chicago, IL - AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, one of the city's most high-profile annual events that raises money to combat HIV/AIDS, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, at Randolph Street and the Lakefront.

Proceeds from the run & walk benefit the grant-making program of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Since 1988, AFC—the largest source of HIV/AIDS philanthropic support in the Midwest—has provided more than $13 million to area HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy groups.

Recent government statistics have indicated HIV infection rates are on the rise in minority communities, especially among African-American females, as well as among young gay men.

Registration cost is $20 in advance; $25 on-site. Registration materials and more information can be obtained by visiting or calling 312.922.2322. Registration materials can also be picked up at Chicago area New Balance athletic footwear stores, Walgreens and Jewel-Osco stores.

In addition to a 5K run and a 5K walk, the event will also feature a "Health Expo" where an estimated 20 local HIV/AIDS service agencies will have booths. There will also be pre-event, course route and post-event musical entertainment.

As of mid-September, 17 local organizations providing health, legal, prevention and other services to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS will be participating in a Health Expo to be held at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago.

Funding for the Health Expo is being provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

As of mid-September, Health Expo participants are: AIDS Foundation of Chicago; AIDS Pastoral Car Network; Better Existence with HIV (BEHIV); Center on Halsted; Chicago Department of Public Health; Chicago House; Chicago Recovery Alliance; Children's Place Association; Chicago Women's AIDS Project; Lawndale Christian Health Center; Legal Assistance Foundation-HIV Project; The Night Ministry; Open Door Clinic; TASC, Inc.; Taskforce Prevention & Community Services; University of Illinois Chicago; and Vital Bridges.