OKLAHOMA CITY – Since it was first recognized in 1981 Aids has killed more than 25 million people.
Although the death rates for those with AIDS have dropped, health officials say the rate of those being diagnosed has not.
Sunday afternoon, hundreds of Oklahomans took to the downtown streets to participate in this year’s AIDS Walk and 5-k Run.
Organizers hoped to raise $65,000. That’s $5,000 above last year’s success.
Nearly all the money goes back to those agencies that help those struggling with HIV and AIDS.
The event also featured a pooch parade, sort of a fashion show for dogs. It was a chance for them strut their stuff for a good cause.
One agency couldn’t imagine serving the community without the AIDS Walk fundraiser.
Other Options Executive Director, Mary Arbuckle, said, “Oh, we would not get half of the care that we need to keep. The money they bring in feeds probably six months of our organization with food. So I mean it’s just amazing.”
Since 1998, Aids Walk has distributed more than $635,000 to HIV/AIDS nonprofit organizations, serving the greater Oklahoma City area.
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