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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the annual AIDS Walk on Saturday, Oct. 3. The walk, which benefits AIDS Resource Alliance in Williamsport, begins at 9 a.m. on the Davis Gym lawn in front of the Kenneth Langone Athletics and Recreation Center at Bucknell.
No preregistration is required. Interested participants can register beginning at 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 3. Free T-shirts will be distributed to the first 200 walkers. The rain location will be Davis Gym.
Individual participants are requested to raise a minimum of $15, and teams are requested to raise a minimum of $75.
An online donation link can be found at www.firstgiving.com/bucknellaidswalk.
Office, student group effort
"The Bucknell University AIDS Walk is a joint effort between many offices and students groups at Bucknell to support the AIDS Resource Alliance and part of the University's effort to raise awareness about the disease," said event Co-Chair Jessica Hess, director of Multicultural Student Services at Bucknell.
"We are glad to help organize this event to support their mission," said Co-Chair Kelly Finley, program coordinator with Bucknell's Residential Colleges.
This is the fourth year that Bucknell has hosted the walk. In the past, Bucknellians have contributed more than $10,000 to the organization.
AIDS Resource Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides critical education programs, prevention and outreach efforts to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the local community.
The organization also provides assistance for those who are living with HIV/AIDS, including food, transportation, nutritional supplements, medical and pharmaceutical assistance as well as rental and utility bills assistance, and counseling. For more information, visit www.aidsresource.com/index.html.
Kirsten Felix, executive director of the AIDS Resource Alliance, said, "As you know, HIV/AIDS is the most serious health threat in the world today. We are so grateful to those whose support allows us to continue our education and testing programs to prevent the spread of this disease which affects us all in many ways, especially our youth.
"Every single minute of every day, five people under the age of 24 become infected. And, 90 percent of those infected with HIV are unaware of their HIV status. If we do not make more progress in our prevention efforts, it is projected that the number of deaths caused by AIDS in the next 10 years will be greater than the combined fatalities of all wars of the 20th century."
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