Annual AIDS walk aims to increase awareness and prevention
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Thousands of people came out for the 16th annual Capital Region AIDS Walk. It is held every year to raise awareness and provide prevention services for HIV and AIDS.
The event at the Washington Park Lakehouse featured live entertainment, refreshments, the NAMES Project memorial quilt, free HIV and AIDS testing, and awards for the highest fundraisers. The walk benefits the community AIDS Partnership of the Capital Region.
Perry Junjulas, who is living with AIDS, said that one of his dreams is for his granddaughter to know a generation without HIV.
"We can do it, we have the tools available to us, but we've got to pull together and work really hard to make sure people are getting testing, getting treatment, and getting care, that will stop the rate of brand new HIV infections," said Junjulas, Albany Damien Center Executive Director.
Organizers said their goal was to raise $100,000 at this year's event. Money raised will be matched by AIDS United, formerly known as the National AIDS Fund.