Wearing a remembrance t-shirt with her parents’ photographs on it, one AIDS Walk Philly 5K participant said she ran for them Sunday, October 19, 2014.
“My father passed away the day my son was born, October 1, 2003,” runner, Kay Hamilton said. “My mother passed away in 2004 [on] New Years Day. Both of my parents passed away of AIDS [from] exchanging drug needles back in the ‘60s.”
Hamilton said she runs every year along with a handful of family members, including her nephew, who is HIV positive.
She was one of nearly 15,000 people to walk or run from the Art Museum and along Martin Luther King Drive during the annual event, Director of Operations Matt Beirschmitt said.
“We’re just really happy with the turnout this year,” Beirschmitt said. “Our main goal is to spread awareness and to get the much needed funding for those with HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia area.”
Money is needed more than ever to support services for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS in the Philadelphia region, Beirschmitt said.
AIDS Fund sponsors the walk to raise funds for local organizations supporting HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and services, according to its website.