The AIDS Walk began in Phoenix in 1987 and quickly grew to become a community-wide event that at its peak raised nearly $1 million dollars. Sadly, the agency that hosted the event closed its doors in 2003.
The AIDS Walk may have disappeared from Phoenix in 2003 - but HIV/AIDS had not. Infection rates are on the rise, and our communities, especially the Latino and African American communities, have experienced alarming increases in the number of people testing positive for HIV. More people need care than ever before, but federal and private funding for medical care and supportive services continues to decline. Additionally, the lack of HIV education and awareness throughout our community only made number of new HIV cases increase. More than ever, our community needed AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run.
AIDS Walk Phoenix & 5K Run has been steadily increasing in visibility and in funds raised since its reintroduction in 2008. In 2014 AIDS Walk was expanded statewide, in partnership with Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation & Northland Cares, and the name was Phoenix's walk was officially changed to AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run.
Please register as a team or walker and come to the Phoenix AIDS Walk Arizona & 5K Run on Sunday, October 23rd in downtown Phoenix.