Will you support me in the 2018 Desert AIDS Walk?
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Ruth Hardy Park, Palm Springs
I had the honor to join the Desert AIDS Project Board of Directors before the summer, a great and exciting fit for me as a former UNAIDS staff member being able to build on the many initiatives, programs and partnerships I was part of together with government and civil society partners, colleagues and friends all over the world.
On Saturday, October 20 over 2,000 walkers and 100 volunteers will come together from cities across our valley to participate in the 31st annual Desert AIDS Walk -- one of the most visible and talked about experiences in the Coachella Valley. Notable for not only its size, the Walk attracts a diverse group of participants dedicated to making a lasting impact in their community. People of all ages, races and backgrounds come together each year in a massive, powerful, and inspiring demonstration of compassion and action to raise funds for Desert AIDS Project (D.A.P.), a federally qualified healthcare center that more than 10,000 of our neighbors will call their healthcare home by 2020.
Here in the Coachella Valley, The Desert AIDS Walk has made it possible for D.A.P. to provide their patients and clients with an unparalled range of services:
- Medical and Dental Care
- Transportation Assistance
- Behavioral Health Counseling
- A community center providing 20 support services including skills-for-living and return-to-work training and much more.
You see, Desert AIDS Project uses the roadmap developed during the AIDS crisis to 'Care for Everyone". D.A.P. has a wonderful history of community members identifying a need and funding the innovative solution. Today, almost half of the patients and clients at D.A.P. do not live with HIV, many are neighbors who live 200 percent below the federal poverty level and need access to compassionate and comprehensive healthcare.
I hope you will consider supporting me as I join my fellow Board members, staff, volunteers, clients and friends of D.A.P. at the 2018 Desert AIDS Walk here in Palm Springs on October 18. Please join our fundraising effort today, register to walk and recruit your friends. Your contribution will help make a difference in the lives of thousands of our neighbors while helping us to reach the 90-90-90 targets set by UNAIDS in 2014. These aim to diagnose 90% of all HIV positive people,, provide antiretroviral therapy for 90% of those diagnosed and achive viral suppression for 90% of those treated by 2020 - critical targets tpwards ending the AIDS epidemic.
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