AVOL Kentucky holds annual AIDS Stroll to lift consciousness and cash for HIV testing and companies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – An annual walk in downtown Lexington on Sunday was designed to raise awareness about HIV.

After nearly 30 years of the event, it was another deadly disease that forced the organizers to get creative in order to continue the tradition.

Each step is one step closer to complete HIV eradication, which is the overall goal of AVOL Kentucky.

“AVOL’s mission is to end HIV and we are here to serve,” said Executive Director Jon Parker.

AVOL continues to use its annual AIDS walk to raise awareness and raise funds, funds for HIV testing and other social services for the infected and affected.

COVID-19 is a hurdle that resulted in fewer hikers participating this year, but community support remains the same.

“They did not disappoint, they continued to fund organizations like AVOL and others,” said Parker. “We’re just blessed to be part of this really great community.”

The event would normally attract hundreds of people, but due to the pandemic, around 50 HIV carers are going to represent the entire community.

“These are people who continued to work through the pandemic to help people living with HIV provide services, housing support and HIV testing,” said Parker.

The event began with speakers including State Representative Kelly Flood and Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton, whose healthcare backgrounds give her a personal bond with the cause.

“I have provided a lot of patient care over a period of many, many years, and that is very important to me,” said Mayor Gorton.

Then the HIV Care Heroes set off downtown to continue the journey to a cure.

The goal of the fundraiser was to raise $ 38,000, and AVOL Kentucky had hit $ 36,000 before the walk even started.

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