Rouge AIDS Walk 2011
Yes, I went rogue today and completed my AIDS Walk route two days prior to the actual event. With so many diverging events, rehearsals, and commitments, I realized late in the game that I simply cannot do them all while adhering to my professional responsibilities and paying my rent. Singular day off, meet rogue AIDS Walker.
Having at least one friend with HIV, I find myself somewhat unable to ignore the facts. Despite medical advances and prolonged life spans for most victims, a cure for AIDS does not yet exist. Carrying complicated and painful side effects for some and an unrealistic pricetag for most, these drugs have quieted the storm but not solved the epidemic.
On Sunday, thousands of people will walk to support funding for continued research, honoring those who have died and those who live yet affected by AIDS and HIV. I, having walked the official full six mile route today, will sign in to validate my donations, walk up to my church job, and join my amazing team of friends for brunch afterwards. I’ll miss the celebrities (this year AIDS Walk NY boasts participation of “Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet, Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Broadway Star Audra McDonald, Matt Bomer of White Collar, Two and a Half Men’s Conchata Ferrell, Glee’s Dot-Marie Jones, Project Runway alums Mondo Guerra & Jack Mackenroth” in their lineup, and last time we walked past Tim Gunn), the festivities, and the fun freebies along the way, but I’m happy to have found the time and a way to make it work. Hopefully with our help, so will the researchers dedicating their lives to a cure. Donate today, if you can.