Monday, November 30, 2015

What's Happening: AIDS Walk Philly

This year marks the 27th year of the Delaware Valley's largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser.

What's Happening: AIDS Walk Philly


Next Sunday, October 20 marks the 27th annual AIDS Walk Philly, the largest HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event in the Delaware Valley.

Participants can choose between a 12K walk and 5K run to show their support. The day starts bright and early with a 7:15 a.m. yoga session, followed by on-site registration at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 8 a.m. but the Opening Ceremony for the main event—the Walk—begins at 8:30 a.m., allowing the walkers to be on their way by 9 a.m.

As for the 5K Run, each runner is asked to do fundraising of at least $50 in order to enter the event (Top fundraisers to date are listed here.) Runners who enter by October 15 are eligible to pick up their bibs and t-shirts ahead of time, rather than waiting until the day of the race. Early check-in will take place Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19, at the AIDS Fund Office located at 1315 Spruce Street. If you are running as part of a team, the team captain can turn in all donations at the early check-in.

That Sunday, walkers will leave from the foot of the Art Museum, travel down Kelly Drive before turning around at the Falls Bridge and looping back towards the finish at the Art Museum via MLK Boulevard.  5K runners will go straight onto MLK Boulevard before returning to the Art Museum.

There is still time to register by calling (215) 731-WALK. Volunteers are also welcome to register by calling or e-mailing If you’re feeling especially energetic, you can request an early volunteer shift to allow you to participate in the walk itself as well.

“With 30,000 people in the greater Philadelphia area living with HIV/AIDS, perhaps the most astounding thing is that about 1/3 of them don’t know it,” said Cari Feiler Bender, spokesperson for AIDS Fund . “And the money raised here stays here—we have 29 partner organizations that will benefit from this event.”

Bender shared the story of “Diana”, a volunteer for one of the initial AIDS Walk event who in 1997 learned she herself was HIV-positive—while pregnant with twins. Thanks in large part to the funds raised by the event, Diana was able to get the care she and her children needed. The babies were born HIV-negative, and Diana received job training and other assistance to help her through an unimaginably trying time.

This coming spring, the twins will graduate from high school—with Diana there to cheer them on.

Have a health or fitness event you’d like to share with our readers? Email Sports Doc at with details.

Read more Sports Doc for Sports Medicine and Fitness.

We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy: comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Whether you are a weekend warrior, an aging baby boomer, a student athlete or just someone who wants to stay active, this blog is for you. Read about our growing list of expert contributors here.

Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor,
J. Ryan Bair, PT, DPT, SCS Founder and Owner of FLASH Sports Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
Brian Cammarota, ATC, PT, DPT, CSCS Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Ellen Casey, MD Physician with Drexel University Sports Medicine
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. Lacrosse
Brian Maher, BS, CSCS Owner, Philly Personal Training
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Gavin McKay, NASM-CPT Founder/Franchisor, Unite Fitness
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
Robyn Weisman, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer
Sarah Whitman, MD Sports Psychiatrist in Philadelphia
Latest Videos
Also on
letter icon Newsletter