The 2018 AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore raised more than $80,000 to support Chase Brexton Health Care’s HIV/AIDS prevention, outreach, and testing services.
More than 400 people participated in the 5-kilometer run and walk on Sunday, May 6 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
After the race, 18 community organizations offered information and resources at a health fair near the finish line.
“So many runners, walkers, volunteers and teams came out to support our fourth annual AIDS Walk & Run,” Becky Frank, the vice president of marketing and development for Chase Brexton Health Care, said in a statement. “The funds raised by their efforts will will make a huge difference in our fight to prevent new HIV cases in Baltimore and provide care to those already affected.”
Chase Brexton Health Care President and CEO Patrick Mutch and Baltimore City Health Department Commissioner Jennifer Martin gave brief remarks at the event, which was emceed by Chardelle Moore of FOX 5 Baltimore.
While the amount raised fell short of the $100,000 raised last year, it is still possible to surpass that target through online donations via BaltimoreAIDSWalk.org. Donations will continue to be accepted through June 30.
“We deeply appreciate all the individuals, teams, and sponsors who supported the AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore this year,” Aaron Cahall, Chase Brexton’s communications manager, said in a statement. “Their efforts will make an enormous impact across the Baltimore area, where HIV/AIDS is the fourth leading cause of death, but one in six residents has not been tested for the disease.
“Funds raised by the AIDS Walk & Run Baltimore will provide increased peer advocacy, appointment copays, medications, and health and wellness essentials for Baltimore residents living with HIV/AIDS,” Cahall added. “They’ll also support Chase Brexton’s outreach and testing efforts — it’s important for everyone to know their status.”
For more information about Chase Brexton’s HIV/AIDS services, visit chasebrexton.org. Results of the 5K race, organized by Charm City Run, are available at tinyurl.com/AWresults2018.
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