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March 16, 2015

Why I Walk: Jim McDonnel

By | AIDS Action Committee, AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston, Fenway Health Newsroom, HIV/AIDS | No Comments
When Jim McDonnel took his first steps for AIDS Walk Boston, HIV/AIDS was greatly misunderstood and widely stigmatized. Mentions of AIDS-related deaths flooded LGBT newspapers. Entire communities were falling ill. Despite the urgency felt by those affected and their loved ones, there was still precious little federal money going towards AIDS treatment and research. “In those days, there was so much education needed,” Jim said. “People were scared to death, but they really had no idea what AIDS was. The biggest hurdle was making people understand that it wasn’t just a disease for gay people.” After hearing about the work 
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