Sometimes when you just can’t make yourself feel better, doing something for someone else helps. At least for me it does. Added benefit of my latest philanthropic efforts is that I will actually get some exercise and take some photos in the process!
I’ve signed up for LifeWalk 2008. This is my first year to participate. It is about a 3 mile walk around a scenic area of Dallas on Sunday, October 5. And it benefits a cause that I strongly support.
Proceeds will benefit Aids Arms, Inc, a United Way agency that advocates for AIDS/HIV education and prevention, helping Dallas residents with health care, resources and the support necessary to manage the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS. (See www.aidsarms.org)
- Dallas leads the state in new HIV infections, with more than 20,000 residents living with the disease.
- HIV/AIDS continues to be a growing epidemic in the U.S.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an additional 30 percent are infected and do not know it.
- African-American men make up nearly 50 percent of all new AIDS cases in the U.S.
- AIDS is the third leading cause of death for Latinos.
- Half of all new HIV-infected people are younger than 25.
- More than 250,000 American women are HIV-positive and make up 25 percent of all HIV infection in the U.S.