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March 10, 2015

Why I Walk: Bette Byrnes, John’s Team

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | One Comment
If you ask Bette Byrnes, a longtime AIDS Walk Boston and 5K Run supporter, why she still makes the trip from Florida to Boston every June, she doesn’t have to think about her answer: it’s about home and family. “I’m from Boston originally – that’s still home,” she said. “And no matter what, I don’t want anyone to ever forget that AIDS took my son from me. In his memory, I will always walk as long as I can.” Bette’s first AIDS Walk Boston was in 1991 – the same year that her son, John, was diagnosed with the virus. 
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