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How Margaret supports people living with HIV through AIDS Run and Walk Chicago

November 10, 2021

By Ella Shapiro Before  Margaret Russell began her medical career as a family physician and certified HIV specialist she worked in technical theatre. While working as a stage manager, Margaret made many friends within the LGBTQ+ community. As her friendships developed, Margaret shared her...
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Chris chooses to “option up” at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

September 30, 2021

By Ella Shapiro One day in 2014, Chris Pazdernik  was taking a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train when they noticed an ad for that year’s AIDS Run & Walk Chicago fundraising event. Five years prior, Chris had tested positive for HIV. At the time, they were left with a lot of insecurities. They didn’t know what kind...
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This year, experience AIDS Run & Walk Chicago however you want

September 15, 2020

By Bailey Williams  I spent most mornings in the summer of 2016 running before work. I’d run a neighborhood route, often in the streets when cars were few, the sun was rising, and nothing but birds and insects could be heard. I was in the best shape of my life and had finally gotten down to easily running 7-minute miles. When the annual AIDS Run & Walk Chicago came around...
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Meet Marc: A T2 athlete and ER trauma nurse working on the front lines of COVID-19

May 20, 2020

By Bailey Williams  A 26-year-old pregnant woman started experiencing sinus-related symptoms and assumed it was pneumonia. Instead, she tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and had to be intubated at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Illinois. An older woman in the same hospital also tested positive for COVID-19 but begged to not receive a breathing tube. If it came...
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Turning Point: remarks from President/CEO John Peller at 2019 annual meeting

April 26, 2020

AFC's 2019 Annual Report: Turning Point Review photos from the event Hi, everyone! Thank you all so much for coming out tonight, and thank you, Terri, for introducing me and for stepping up to lead our Board. You and I have run, swum and biked together through our endurance event program TEAM TO END AIDS so many times, and I’m glad to be alongside you on this new journey...
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Team to End AIDS (T2) Helped Me Say “Yes” to Life

January 7, 2020

By Zac Hansen I am a runner by choice rather than natural inclination. And that choice came about because I was a coward.   I pride myself on three key components: self-sufficiency, planning well and limiting risk. The first I gained by being gay in a world with limited support. The final two I adopted after I became the victim of a hate crime that left me stabbed, bleeding...
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[VIDEO] Meet this chocolatier and prepare to satiate your taste buds at World of Chocolate

November 22, 2019

World of Chocolate 2019 is in just a few days! Check out our interview with Journey Shannon of  Noir d'Ébène Chocolat et Patisserie ,  who is one of 20 amazing chocolatiers who will be featured on Thursday, Dec. 5 at Revel Fulton Market.  Click here   to buy your tickets and get ready to indulge at our premiere World AIDS Day event!...
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Over 2,000 HIV advocates “lived true” and raised $440K (and rising) at AIDS Run & Walk Chicago

October 11, 2019

“We want to make sure that the HIV epidemic is no longer able to sustain itself by achieving both HIV prevention and access to care goals,” said AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) President/CEO John Peller in his opening remarks to a crowd of over 2,000 runners, rollers, walkers and volunteers. “We don’t make these advancements toward getting to zero on our own -- we do...
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Inspiring action through community

September 24, 2019

To the backdrop of Fahrenheit Chicago , Serette  B. King ( Zoliy Miyake-Mugler) and Terry Dudley from Howard Brown Health and David Dodd from Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus share what inspiring action means to them, and how their work helps inspire action within Chicago’s LGBTQ+ and HIV communities.  On Saturday, Oct. 5, HIV advocates from across Chicago will gather...
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How Open Door helps the HIV community thrive

August 19, 2019

AIDS Run & Walk Chicago brings together Chicago’s HIV community and supporters each year to celebrate, honor and remember how far we have come in the HIV epidemic. Open Door Health Center of Illinois is one of the many community-based organizations that fundraises with AIDS Run & Walk Chicago year after year to help them continue providing services and support for people living...
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