Hundreds to Walk in Dayton for AIDS Awareness


Staff report



DAYTON, Ohio – In conjunction with events around Ohio, AIDS Walk Greater Dayton will take place on April 23 at the University of Dayton River Campus, benefiting ARC Ohio.

Emceed by Katie Kenney, host of Living Dayton on WDTN-TV, the event welcomes, walkers, runners, and cyclists from the area to advocate for awareness, prevention, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. This year’s walk is co-chaired by Cathy Ponitz of the CareSource Foundation and Brent Johnson of Square One Salons. Opening remarks will be given by Dayton mayor Nan Whaley.

An estimated 23,000 Ohioans are living with HIV/AIDS. Among them, approximately one-in-three have achieved viral suppression; getting treatment and have the virus under control. However, with support of events like AIDS Walk Greater Dayton, nearly 80 percent of ARC Ohio patients are achieving viral suppression compared to a national average of 30 percent. These individuals have new hope for long, healthy lives.

“Our work is far from over, but we have never been more optimistic or resolved: an AIDS-free generation is within our grasp, if we remain diligent in our efforts.” says ARC Ohio President & CEO Bill Hardy. “The Walk events are Ohio’s largest public opportunity to raise awareness and critical funds for HIV/AIDS. By participating, you play a leading role in our success. We need the whole community to come together—ask your friends and family to walk with you and support your fundraising—it’s that important!”

Additional fundraising events are taking place in Columbus and Toledo. More information can be found by visiting aidswalkohio.com

AIDS Walk Greater Dayton, Saturday, April 23

University of Dayton River Campus, 1700 S. Patterson Blvd.

10 a.m. – Registration begins

11:30 a.m. – 32 Mile Bike Ride begins

11:40 a.m. – 16 Mile Bike Ride begins

11:50 a.m. – 5k Run begins

12 p.m. – 5k Walk and 1 Mile Stroll begin

1:30 p.m. – Celebration/Runners Medaling Ceremony at the stage

Staff report