Friday September 28, 2007
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Thousands are expected in downtown Louisville this weekend to join members of the Louisville Metro Council in an effort to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Metro area.
“I am proud to join families and friends as we walk hand in hand, side by side to remind everyone that this disease still has a major impact on all of us,” says Councilwoman Judith Green (D) 1. “I can think of no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”
Green will join Metro Council President Rick Blackwell (D) 12 Council members Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13and David Tandy when the15th Annual Aids Walk kicks off at 3:00pm Sunday, September 30. The event is the largest HIV/Aids fundraising effort in Kentucky.
“While there have been advances in treatment and the research continues, no one should believe that this disease is no longer a serious health concern,” says Welch. “It continues to effect people from all walks of life.”
The Louisville AIDS Walk began in 1993 and has since assisted with medical care, medication assistance, food, housing, transportation and counseling to thousands of people in Louisville who live with the disease.
The statistics of just AIDS cases alone show the Metro Louisville Area has the highest incidence of HIV/AIDS in Kentucky. The city is home to 46 per cent of Kentucky’s reported AIDS cases.
“For 15 years now many dedicated people have taken the time to show they care, either by walking or giving donations to a cause that helps ease the suffering of many who live among us,” says Blackwell. “I am hopeful this will be another successful year for a good cause.”
The 15th Annual Louisville AIDS Walk will begin on the Belvedere and cross over the Ohio River on the Clark Memorial Bridge to Jeffersonville. Walkers will then return to Louisville.
Those wishing to register to walk or make a pledge can go to www.louisvilleaidswalk.org or call 574-5947.
Judith Green (D) 1
David Tandy (D) 4
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
VIcki Aubrey Welch (D) 13