Stepping Out Against AIDS
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Stepping Out Against AIDS

At the 26th annual AIDS Walk & Run, Grand Circle Foundation raised $9000 for the AIDS Action Committee

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic. When the disease was in its infancy, a diagnosis was a death sentence. Those who lost loved ones to this poorly understood virus yearned for a way to make a difference—and to this end, in 1986, the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts held its first annual AIDS Walk in Boston. It was a time for those affected to raise both funds and awareness, and to honor the memories of those who were lost. Thousands of supporters walked in this first event, which raised $325,000 toward prevention education, outreach, and treatment programs for those already affected.

Grand Circle Foundation has been participating in the AIDS Walk since 1994—and since then, we've raised more than $367,000 for the AIDS Action Committee. This year, more than 40 walkers and runners participated in the event, which took place on the beautifully sunny morning of June 5. To show their support, each member of the team completed either a 6.2-mile walk or a 3.2-mile run.

While showing support is an extremely important aspect of the AIDS Walk, fundraising remains its most crucial purpose. Under the leadership of Danny Tyrell, Manager of Outbound Sales, the Grand Circle team was determined to exceed 2010's fundraising total of $7500—and in keeping with company tradition, they decided to get creative. In addition to individual efforts to mobilize family and friends, Danny announced a fundraising rally at company headquarters—which featured an ice cream truck and a very special guest: Rebecca Haag, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Committee. The rally itself raised $3000, which brought the team's grand total to $9000.

Since its inception in 1983, AIDS Action has helped make enormous strides in the fight against AIDS—but with more than 1.1 million Americans living with HIV today, there is still much work to be done. The Foundation is proud to support this important event, which reminds us that we must all work together to stop the spread of HIV. Each one of our walkers and runners has helped make a difference.

Featured in our June 2011 e-newsletter. Read the full issue here.