AIDS Walk New York
Wednesday, Jan 14, 15 by
Incarnation Children’s Center staff, volunteers, friends and residents made the annual trek again this year to the Aids Walk New York to join thousand of others in their fight against HIV/AIDS.
The NY Aids Walk has taken over the streets of Manhattan since 1986 to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS as well as much needed funds for research, education and programs. Incarnation has participated the last ten years, which has been a powerful experience for both staff and residents alike.
To be surrounded by thousands of others who feel connected in their fight against the disease is a powerful reminder to the ICC kids about just how supported they are, even as they face social stigma.
Our children living with physical disabilities are motivated to attend, walking the entire 6 plus miles without assistance. Strangers walking alongside this young man (right) as he crossed the finish line cheered him on, which just added to his feeling of accomplishment and success.
“This is an opportunity to walk alongside these kids and treat them as equals, to remind them that we support them and who they are, despite their diagnosis” states an ICC staff member and annual Aids Walk participant.