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AIDS Walk & 5K Run Boston

Why I Walk: Inez Folsom

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Inez Folsom’s decades-long relationship with AIDS Walk Boston began with a simple gesture: volunteering by cutting up fruit to nourish the participants of the 1987 Walk. A year later, Inez would begin walking herself. Ever since then, she hasn’t stopped. Like many people throughout the Walk’s history, Inez has a deep personal connection to the AIDS epidemic. Her son, Mark, discovered that he had AIDS in 1989. “He said he thought they’d have a cure in five years, but didn’t think he would live that long,” Inez recalls. Mark passed away in 1996 after 10 months in a coma. “His 
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Why I Walk: Harold du Four-Anderson

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When it comes to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the African American community, Harold du Four-Anderson has been talking the talk and walking the Walk for three decades. Harold was living in France when the news of an unknown and deadly new disease made its way over from America. “I had been reading about the epidemic and its impact across the nation,” he said. “We were getting only bits of information in Paris. I felt that it was important for me to come back [to the United States] to get involved in public health work.” After moving back to Boston 
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30th AIDS Walk Boston Draws Thousands Of Participants

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With blue skies over Boston and a strong feeling of community in the air, thousands of walkers, runners, and supporters gathered on Boston Common on June 7 for the 30th AIDS Walk Boston and 5K Run. The theme of looking back over three decades of AIDS fundraising and activism was evident, as videos of past AIDS Walks played on giant screens and the From All Walks of Life team was celebrated for its members’ many years of hard work. The opening ceremonies were host to politicians, local celebrities, activists, artists, and students, all dedicated to the work of bringing the 
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Walnut Hill School for the Arts Supports AIDS Walk Boston

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located just west of Boston in Natick, will hold its 2015 commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 6. Early the next morning, instead of sleeping in or heading to the beach, 15 students will lace up their sneakers and take part in the 30th Annual AIDS Walk Boston. Though these Walnuts (as they call themselves) were born long after the peak of the AIDS epidemic, they are devoted supporters of the Walk and work hard to raise funds and awareness for AIDS Action on Walnut Hill’s campus throughout the school year. For over a decade 
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Why I Walk: Kelly Rush

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At 6.2 miles, the AIDS Walk Boston route is not very long compared to other fundraising walks. But for Kelly Rush, it represents a long journey to self-acceptance. Since he first started walking in 2011, Rush and his team, now called Divas and Devils, have raised more than $21,000 for AIDS Action Committee, making them one of AIDS Walk Boston’s most prolific fundraising groups. It’s a long way from where he was 15 years ago—or even six years ago. On July 11, 2001 Rush was taken by ambulance to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital with a high fever and severe dehydration. 
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