IRVINE, Calif. (April 30, 2018) – The 32nd Annual AIDS Walk OC will take place on Saturday, May 5. The walk, one of the oldest in the country, which starts and ends in William R. Mason Park, is expected to draw hundreds of people and raise thousands of dollars to support the men, women and children living with HIV in Orange County while preventing the spread of HIV.
“Rather than going away, HIV transmissions continue almost daily in Orange County with six new infections every week,” said Phil Yaeger, CEO at Radiant Health Centers. “Our goal is zero and we want to achieve that by 2025.”
Today, there are nearly 7,000 people living with HIV in Orange County. That is enough to fill the Orange County Fairgrounds Grandstand. While it is no longer a life sentence, people with HIV must take costly medications every day for the rest of their lives and, unfortunately, face great stigma. It is an incredibly stressful and isolating diagnosis.
The 5K fundraiser will benefit various recipient agencies in Orange County that serve those living with HIV/AIDS, including Radiant Health Centers, Shanti Orange County, The Center and Straight Talk.
Radiant Health Centers provides crucial programs for more than 1,300 people living with HIV and their families, including free HIV and Hepatitis C testing, a food pantry, family and kids programs, housing and mental health services, while working to improve health equity for the LGBTQ community.
The theme for this year’s walk is Rise Above. This theme reminds us that together, we can lift each other up to overcome the epidemic.
Radiant Health Centers is strongly supported by the corporate community and sponsors include PIMCO Foundation, Pacific Life Foundation, MAC Cosmetics, Quest Diagnostics and Room & Board.
Participants can visit www.radianthealthcenters.org/events/aids-walk-oc to register.
What: 32nd Annual AIDS Walk OC
When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
- Registration: 8:30 a.m.
- Opening ceremony: 10 a.m.
- Run begins: 10:30 a.m.
- Walk begins: 10:45 a.m.
Visuals: Walkers dressed in festive attire, including aviator attire, zip up flight suits and ties.
Where: William R. Mason Park, 18712 University Drive, Irvine, CA
Coming from the 5 Freeway, head west on Culver and take a right on University. Parking is provided.
About Radiant Health Centers
Radiant Health Centers has provided more than three decades of exceptional care and support to people affected by HIV and their loved ones. It has been instrumental in driving new HIV transmissions down over the past 15 years; however, six people a week in Orange County are still diagnosed with HIV. Radiant Health Centers encompasses traditional HIV testing and prevention outreach as well as long-standing services to Orange County’s HIV positive community while also creating a safe space to help more members of our LGBTQ community in need of compassionate care. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.