AIDS Walk Napa Valley Returns to Veterans Park

AIDS Walk Napa Valley has changed its date. The 22nd AIDS Walk will still start and end at Veterans Park in downtown Napa but will now take place March 29th, 2014. The theme is “Fighting HIV/AIDS One Step at a Time, Come Rain or Come Shine”. Net proceeds from the event will help fund HIV/AIDS education and prevention services provided in Napa County by Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific. Registration will start at 9:00 am with the walk beginning at 10:30 am.  Everyone is invited to participate and raise money by securing donations from friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Any organization can form a team to compete for a team prize for fundraising. There will also be an award for the person raising the most money.

“To me, Spring represents the change in the fight against the disease. The fight against the disease has changed due to the advancement of medications and case management. Spring represents life and renewal. HIV infection is no longer a death sentence but is still a life-altering, serious health condition. We are renewing our dedication to ending the epidemic through education and prevention,” says AIDS Walk committee co-chair Josie Jenkins of the Napa Valley Unity League.

In recent years, funds from all sources have been slashed or eliminated.  There is now only one organization providing comprehensive education and prevention services to the most at-risk groups in Napa County – Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific. “There used to be four health educators dedicated to HIV/AIDS and STD education and prevention. Now there is only one, me, to cover the entire valley from Calistoga to American Canyon”, says Antonia Landels of Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific. 

AIDS Walk Napa Valley promises to be a fun community event with games and prizes and even a way for those who can’t walk to enjoy the 2.3 mile course through Downtown Napa. Michael Muir of Access Adventure will provide a horse-drawn wagon with a wheelchair lift so that everyone can participate. Details on signing up to walk, donating, and forming a team can be found at www.aidswalknapavalley.org.

Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific provides over 100,000 individuals with health care and education services at more than 30 sites throughout 17 Northern California counties. They provide high quality, affordable health care for women, men and teens.  More information is available at www.plannedparenthood.org/shasta-pacific/

The Napa Valley Unity League is a community service/social networking/social justice oriented organization whose mission is to enhance the sense of community for LGBTQ people, their friends, family and allies and to make Napa a better place to live for all. Learn more at www.napavalleyunityleague.org.