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AIDS Walk Detroit Commemorates 25 Years

By | 2015-09-03T09:00:00+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Michigan, News|


Last years walk included Tammy Boccomino, left, who is no stranger to speaking up about HIV and the harm it can cause to a household. She was there with her sister, brother-in-law and a handful of nieces and nephews. Her son, Michael Volante, passed away in 1995 at the age of 8. This years walk in Royal Oak takes place Sunday, Sept. 13. Visti BTL Photos: AJ Trager

ROYAL OAK – AIDS Walk Detroit commemorates its 25th year on Sunday, Sept. 13 with a 5K walk and quilt ceremony. The event is held under the motto, “Walking to end HIV.”. The “Names Project” memorial quilt ceremony will be held before the walk begins.
In 1991, a group of Detroit merchants and shop keepers in Royal Oak started AIDS Walk Detroit as a “simple request” to raise money for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Twenty-five years later, the event has evolved to be the largest grassroots HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the state and has raised $3.8 million to benefit HIV/AIDS services in Michigan.
The event will be emceed by Dr. Partha Nandi, host of the medical lifestyle show, “Ask Dr. Nandi.” Nandi practices gastroenterology in Metro Detroit and is a clinical assistant professor at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. On his show, Nandi teaches nutrition, fitness and disease prevention incorporating practices from both Eastern and Western medicine. He has been featured in Crain’s Detroit, The Indian Journal and Hour Magazine as well as on Katie Couric, TEDx, CBS Radio and more.
Participants can register for the event as individuals, as a group/family or as team. Registration begins at $25, which will include a T-shirt. Registration and more information can be found by emailing or by calling 248-399-WALK. As of press time, AIDS Walk Detroit had raised over $82,000 and is hoping to reach its goal of $225,000 to support programs for HIV/AIDS prevention, education and services for individuals affected.
AIDS Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.; the quilt ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Visit or call 248-399-9255 for more information.

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