AIDS Walk Wisconsin drew 2,177 runners and walkers from across the state to Milwaukee’s lakefront to raise $341,481 for prevention, treatment and care services.
“Thank you for walking, running, fundraising, team-building and helping people with HIV have a better life,” Wisconsin Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett said in a news release. She served as the honorary chair of the event. “I walk because for over 21 years I have been a part of this fight.”
Mike Gifford, president and CEO of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, said during the walk on Oct. 5, “Today is an important day in our quest for a world without AIDS. AIDS Walk Wisconsin ensures everyone with HIV in Wisconsin has access to the health care and medicine they need to live long, healthy lives, regardless of their ability to pay.”
Also, AIDS Walk Wisconsin’s Raising the Bar Competition set a record this year with participation by 20 bars and taverns from Appleton, Green Bay, Kenosha, Madison, Milwaukee and Sheboygan. Raising the Bar has raised more than $288,000 for HIV prevention and treatment.