The Walk's Place in My Heart
As a New Englander, the fall is most definitively my favorite season of the year. I love the crisp air, the foliage, pumpkin baked goods, and hiking outdoors as much as humanely possible. I love that the holidays are just on the horizon and that there will be quality time with family and friends--even in this age of COVID. And I love that the Walk to End HIV is part of my fall traditions that warm my heart.
As you may know, I walk in rememberance of Robert Douglas Blanchon, my amazing, creative, and handsome (he would want me to add this!) brother who died of AIDS-related complications in 1999. It is unimaginable that he--and so many other bright lights--are no longer with us in the physical world. But he is always in my heart and in my memories. His spirit is with me every day as I work to advance Whitman-Walker's vision of a more just, equitable and loving world.
The Walk & 5K to End HIV is a vital part of ensuring we have the resources to continue our support of at-risk and HIV-positive populations. That’s why I’m raising funds through this year’s Walk & 5K. Your donation will go toward lifesaving services that Whitman-Walker Health provides for thousands of men and women in our area living with HIV and AIDS—regardless of their ability to pay. And you will help fund critical prevention outreach and treatment programs that can help end HIV in D.C..
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