Portland, OR. People from all walks of life took part in AIDS Walk Portland including families, seniors, and members of the LGBTQ community. AIDS Walk Portland is one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest and most visible AIDS fundraising event. The 2.5-mile walk through the heart of downtown Portland draws nearly 7,000 participants each year. Organizers are still tallying their donations from the September 9th event, but have already seen over $390,000 in donations.

The money raised will help fund Cascade AIDS Project’s mission of preventing HIV infections, supporting and empowering people living with or affected by HIV, and eliminating HIV-related stigma and health disparities.

Today, an estimated 1.2 million Americans live with HIV. One in five of them don’t even know they carry the virus. Locally, nearly 7,000 Oregonians are HIV-positive, and infection rates are the highest among African Americans, the Latino community, the trans community, and men who have sex with men. Each HIV-positive person has, in turn, a network of friends and family who by association are invested in CAP’s mission.

Here’s a list of the top fundraisers:

1 Daniel Borgen $11,040

2  Mark Coleman $9,100

3  Brian Buck $5,460

4  Jodi Davich $5,315

5   Kimberly Russell $5,150

6  Andrew Shayde $4,704

7  Paul Hempel $4,475

8  Rob Ingwerson $4,200

9   Darcy O’Loughlin $3,530

10   kathyn Vaughan $3,350

 

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