Thousands step out and step up at the 2023 AIDS Walk Los Angeles

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Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Thousands step out at the 2023 AIDS Walk Los Angeles
Thousands hit the West Hollywood streets on Sunday for the 39th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles returned to West Hollywood Park on Sunday to raise funds to combat HIV and AIDS.

ABC7 was a proud sponsor of the event.

The walk's purpose is to raise funds and build support and awareness of HIV/AIDS. Money raised through this event benefits APLA Health and other HIV/AIDS organizations in Los Angeles County.

Since 1985, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has drawn hundreds of thousands of supporters to walk, and millions more to donate, raising more than $92 million.

Karl Schmid talks to AIDS Walk Volunteer Coordinator Bert Champagne about this year's event.

"Our passion and energy for change is still as strong today as it was at the very first AIDS Walk Los Angeles," Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health, said. "Only now, we see a world in which attentions have been diverted elsewhere, where healthcare rights are threatened at the highest levels, and where access to quality healthcare isn't guaranteed for all."

Thompson continued, "For 40 years, APLA Health has been doing the work to increase access to care, provide resources for underserved communities, and fight for HIV advocacy. Unfortunately, there is substantial progress to be made in the fight for healthcare justice."

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