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35th annual Walk & 5K to End HIV
Dear Friends and Family.
This has been a very difficult year and I can't believe that we are already in October! For Joaquim and I we lost our beloved beagle, Chester. We lost Joaquim’s mom, Lucilia from COVID, and most recently we lost my mom Shirley right before her 93rd birthday. Chester escorted me on many walks, excited to see the other pups. Although he often got side tracked at the Mall and just want to play with sticks. He appeared often in my pic for the next year’s walk.
My mom, always checked in to see if I had made my goal. If I hadn’t she always wanted to bring me over the finish line with her contribution.
From the early days of HIV/AIDS, my mom was there. When I was a Chaplain at Washington Hospital Center, I would call her after one of my clients had died of AIDS. Young men and women who still had so much to offer the world and families torn up with grief over the loss of their sons and daughters. I remember one night in particular, I had sat with a mom for hours after her son had died. We waited for his partner to arrive. She questioned why this was happening to her. She was looking for answers and so was I. I realized that there are moments like death that call us to accept, no matter how hard it feels. I called mom, just to hear her voice because I too needed to be comforted. She knew what to say.
On Saturday, October 23rd, I’m participating in the 35th annual Walk & 5K to End HIV benefiting the HIV programs and services of Whitman-Walker Health. I need your support to help me not only reach my goal of raising funds for this important cause, but exceed my goal.
I don't have much time. With only 23 days please dig deep into your pocket and give what you can. Every dollar helps.
HIV remains an epidemic in D.C. and Whitman-Walker Health focuses on services and education designed to prevent transmission of the virus and provide care to those who are infected. In this pandemic, it was sometimes difficult for persons to get their follow-up care.
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