Leeza and Jim enjoying a pre-walk group hug recently.
And they walk in two's or three's or more...
Back on World Aids Day in December of last year, we posted the moving story of BowieNetter Jim Hyde's (aka Floidoip) 21 years of living with HIV/AIDS. (12/01/02 NEWS: WORLD AIDS DAY - A MESSAGE FROM JIM) It was a truly heartbreaking piece that highlighted the dreadful statistics behind the virus, and if you didn't read it then, you really should go take a look now.
Now Jim has got together with BowieNetters Leeza and Kimberly Smith (aka Chamomile) for the
~AIDS Walk New York is the world's largest AIDS fundraising event.
~In 2002, nearly 42,000 people, a group as diverse as the city itself, participated in the AIDS Walk, collecting more than $4.7 million.
~AIDS Walk New York stands out as a model of community action and cost-efficient fundraising. The priority has always been to have the money raised go directly to vital services to help people living with HIV or AIDS.
~AIDS Walk New York benefits GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis), the nation's oldest and most comprehensive AIDS Service organization. The organization's staff of 169 and 6,600 dedicated volunteers provide services to more than 11,000 men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS and their families.
~A portion of the net proceeds from the AIDS Walk also goes to dozens of other AIDS organizations within the tri-state area.
Don't be confused by any other AIDS Walks...this one's been around 18 years and is very important and cost-efficient. Your money WILL get to the AIDS service organizations.
BowieNetter Kimberly Smith, aka Chamomile.
Leeza has kindly decided to show her support by joining in the walk, but you can help with nowhere near that kind of physical contribution, by sponsoring Jim and Kimberly by clicking on either of their pictures.
Both pictures are linked directly to their donation page, where you can easily help the cause with a donation of your own. Jim and Kimberly are both half way to meeting their eventual target, and with your help they'll hopefully both reach and even pass their targets.