South Florida Gears Up for AIDS Walk Miami: Congresswoman Donna Shalala to Serve as Master of Ceremonies
Care Resource is presenting the 31ST annual AIDS Walk Miami 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at SoundScape Park located at 500 17th Street in Miami Beach, FL.
Registration, check-in and opening ceremonies begin at 8:00 am. The walk begins at 9:00 am. The post-walk celebration begins at 9:30 am and ends at noon. During the post-walk ceremony, a community health fair with a variety of activities is available for attendees. Activities include free wellness screenings, HIV testing, carnival games, giveaways, dozens of booths with information about available medical and support resources and more. Walkers are encouraged to visit every station at the health fair.
The fundraiser permits Care Resource and its food bank, Food For Life Network, to continue providing impact and critical help to the 17,000+ individuals annually who depend on its essential services: primary medical and dental care, HIV and STI testing, case management, counseling, prevention education, housing, food and nutritional assistance, and much more.
Congresswoman Donna Shalala has been chosen to serve as Master of Ceremonies. Shalala represents Florida’s 27th Congressional District. She served as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton, was the president of the University of Miami and President of the Clinton Foundation. “It is an honor to serve as the Master of Ceremonies for AIDS Walk Miami on April 28 at Soundscape Park in Miami Beach. Advances in treatment and new prevention strategies have now made “Getting to Zero” – zero new infections, zero deaths, zero stigma – an achievable goal! Getting to zero still requires the efforts of everybody. Participation is critical to increasing awareness, fighting stigma, and raising funds to support the most vulnerable people living with HIV/AIDS in South Florida. Let’s make an impact together.” – U.S Representative Donna Shalala
“AIDS Walk Miami is South Florida’s oldest fundraising event in making an impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It funds supportive services at Care Resource designed to stabilize and empower clients living with or affected by HIV, including guiding our clients through our referral and monitoring programs, connecting them with HIV specialists in various fields of medicine, prevention education, transportation vouchers, food, rent, and utility assistance.” – Steven Santiago, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Care Resource
HIV/AIDS continues to affect South Florida as a serious health issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 44 new diagnosed cases for every 100,000 individuals living in our communities – that is 3 times the national average. At the end of 2017, there were 116,944 people with an HIV diagnosis living in Florida, and 4,949 new HIV diagnoses were made statewide.
About Care Resource
Care Resource is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with locations in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Care Resource provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including dental care, in-house pharmacy services, and behavioral health/substance abuse services to all individuals in South Florida’s diverse communities. For more information, please visit www.careresource.org, or call (305) 576-1234.
About Food For Life Network
Food For Life Network is a 501[c](3) non-profit organization that provides and delivers groceries, meals and nutritional education to eliminate malnutrition and starvation in men, women, and children living with chronic illnesses in Miami-Dade County since 1987.
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