Started in 1992, in response to our diverse community ravaged by the early HIV epidemic, the AIDS Walk/Run celebrates an astounding 29 years!
Thousands of walkers/runners have participated and millions of dollars raised to fill unfunded programming gaps. To date, the AIDS Walk/Run has raised more than $3 million dollars, which stays right here in Central New York.
ACR Health is not only on the front line of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, but also provides support for other public health crises, such as Hep C, Substance Use, STIs, and poverty.
**ACR Health envisions a community in which every person has the opportunity to achieve optimal health and equality.**
The AIDS Walk/Run traditionally involves youth teams, corporate teams and individuals who have lost a loved one from AIDS. Anyone can support the life-saving work of our agency. This year, the event and fundraising continues until June 30!
This year, we are expanding the AIDS Walk to include a community-wide celebration of PRIDE for the entire month of June. The schedule will include:
This year, let’s come together (when we can!) and continue to advocate for and empower our most vulnerable community members, all while taking part in the 29th year of the AIDS Walk experience! JOIN US!!
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Receive access to all live and recorded workshops, plus in-person events throughout the greater Syracuse area.
Registered participants receive a fundraising page to track dollars raised.
Fundraising incentives for $50, $100, $500, and $1000 are available.
All donations are appreciated! Share your fundraising page to raise life-saving funds. Donate to the cause or support a fundraising participant.
Spread the word about this important event with friends, family, colleagues, and others by text, email, or social media.
Events will include...
* Paint the Town Red Press Conference & Event Kick Off, June 1 at 10am
* A socially-distanced walk at Beaver Lake Nature Center, June 6*
* Online Wellness Presentations
* Watertown Rapids Baseball PRIDE Night
* Engaging Interviews
* Retail Promotions
* Resource Links
* In-Person Wrap-Up Event*
...and much more...
*In-person events are dependent on current COVID guidelines at time of the event.
After COVID struck, Chuck Simpson was our first call. His Team Stumblers, comprised of longtime friends, has raised more than $300,000 in the past 10 years, making them the all-time highest fundraising team at our annual AIDS Walk/Run. As the Captain of the team he organizes pre-fundraisers, gathers the community together, ensuring every member of the team raise a certain amount and becoming an ACR Health 500 Club member, which recognizes participants who raise $500 or more.
Without thinking twice, Chuck did not waiver. He did not ask “How can we do this” he simply said, “What if we did this?” Using his skills as the Director of Campus Activities at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Chuck had lined up entertainment from Rochester and as far away as LA, pick-ups and delivery of Bingo packets hosted in the front of local businesses, and even play readings online. He never missed an event and, more importantly, he never misses an opportunity to be a fierce advocate for LGBTQ youth at the Q Center and for all of our clients.
Chuck, thank you for your for your unwavering support of ACR Health!
ACR Health is a not-for-profit, community-based organization providing an array of support services to individuals affected by a wide range of chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS, with the goal of positive health outcomes; as well as Navigators to help individuals and businesses make informed health insurance decisions.
Furthermore, ACR Health has a Syringe Exchange, a Drug User Health Hub, and provides a wide variety of targeted prevention and sexual health services to individuals, from youth through adulthood, to community groups and individuals to empower them to make informed and responsible decisions.
ACR Health’s network of Q Centers and support groups are safe places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, their families and allies to gather. Q Center programming seeks to promote equality, celebrate diversity, and create a safer, more accepting and inclusive community for all.
ACR Health, a legacy of AIDS Community Resources, serves the counties of Cayuga, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence in New York State.
Visit ACRHealth.org for more information.