Why you walk

Every Walker has a story. Whether you're participating to keep someone else's story alive or are writing a new one for yourself, this is the place to share your inspiration. Young or old, AIDS Walk veteran or rookie, we welcome all stories about the people and causes that have moved you to get with us this year.
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Bert, Arielle, Danica, and Juliet

Bert, Arielle, Danica, and Juliet

Bert, Arielle, Danica, and Juliet Introducing the Number One Fundraisers of 2019!   Bert is well known to many AIDS Walks, but AIDS Walk Los Angeles is special because his goddaughters are here! Arielle, Danica, and Juliet — ages 5, 7, and 9 respectively —...

Meet Edward, a $1000 donor!

Meet Edward, a $1000 donor!

Meet Edward, a $1000 donor! Edward has been a Walker and volunteer before, but this year he decided to go all out and donate over $1,000 to benefit APLA Health services. Why did he do it? Here’s Edward’s story: “It is my pleasure, obligation, and deepest motivation to...

Students for Change: Milken Kids Who Care

Students for Change: Milken Kids Who Care

Students for Change: Milken Kids Who Care The Milken Kids Who Care team started as part of a consortium of AIDS Walk school teams in Los Angeles along with Oakwood School! These schools collectively participated in AIDS Walk LA over the years and have raised thousands...

Students of Oakwood get Creative

Students of Oakwood get Creative

Students of Oakwood get Creative Students of Oakwood School have been participating in AIDS Walk Los Angeles since 1985, and they are not letting a pandemic stop them from organizing! Though it’s been a challenge to maintain their social connection online, the...

Janice Littlejohn, ROAR founder & APLA Health Board Secretary

Janice Littlejohn, ROAR founder & APLA Health Board Secretary

Janice Littlejohn, ROAR founder & APLA Health Board Secretary Janice Littlejohn has been involved with AIDS Walk Los Angeles as Walker for five years now and walks because of her close friends who contracted the virus through a blood transfusion. “As a...

Michael Shahin, first time AIDS Walk participant in 2019

Michael Shahin, first time AIDS Walk participant in 2019

Michael Shahin, first time AIDS Walk participant in 2019 “Last year, I participated in AIDS Walk Los Angeles for the first time. It was such an inspiring and uplifting event. There is so much support, love and open mindedness in Los Angeles when it comes to people who...

Lois walks in honor of her cousin.

Lois walks in honor of her cousin.

I have been participating in AIDS Walk LA since 1992. I walk with my son, Paul, in remembrance of my cousin David Rubinstein and his partner Wayne Parker. David was the production stage manager for Phantom of the Opera. He was a vibrant, wonderful, loving man whom we...

MENSWALK’s Jim Hoffman on AIDS Walk and Social Responsibility

MENSWALK’s Jim Hoffman on AIDS Walk and Social Responsibility

Jim Hoffman on AIDS Walk and Social Responsibility I created MENSWALK in 2014. I Walk because HIV/AIDS killed my life partner in 1985 and I have a definite grudge that I don’t plan on giving up easily. I intend to be part of this until AIDS is eradicated, or at least...

Candace’s Story: “My dad was always my rock.”

Candace’s Story: “My dad was always my rock.”

I’ve been participating the AIDS Walk for a few years now and I have never been asked why I participate. My father and mother told me when I was in the second grade that my dad had HIV and, being so young, I did not understand what that meant. As I got older, I...

Joe walks so others won’t go through what he went through.

Joe walks so others won’t go through what he went through.

Joe walks so others won’t go through what he went through. During December of 2011, I began to experience flu-like symptoms that only got worse by the day. I was terrified to get tested because of what I thought HIV/AIDS meant. In my mind, I thought if I ignore the...

Sean Parker is happy to see a cause

Sean Parker is happy to see a cause

Sean Parker is happy to see a cause for those who lost loved ones to AIDSHappy to see a cause for those who lost loved ones to AIDS or battling. When my brother Wayne Parker died in Jan 94', I was only 11 and felt so ashamed how my great, beautiful, happy, &...

Frank Gulli walks because he promised he would.

Frank Gulli walks because he promised he would.

Frank Gulli walks because he promised he would. I’ve been participating in AIDS WALK LA for several years now, and every year there are several different reasons why I do it. When I first got diagnosed in 1985, I didn’t think things were going to be same. I’ve...

Gina Lozano’s 10 year walk for love.

Gina Lozano’s 10 year walk for love.

Gina Lozano's 10 year walk for love. My name is Gina Lozano. I’m part of the Anthem Blue Cross Team and I’ve been participating in the AIDS Walk for 10 years now. What started as a fun event has grown into a passion, as each year I see the people affected by the love...