Detroit Free Press (09.17.01) - Monday, September 17, 2001
Thousands took to the streets and sidewalks of Royal Oak
yesterday for the 11th annual AIDS Walk Detroit to raise money
to fight the disease. They were determined not to let last
week's terror attacks on New York and Washington diminish the
importance of an event that has raised more than $1 million
for metro Detroit organizations providing direct care for
people with AIDS, as well as education and prevention
"There are people whose lives depend on the money we raise,
and we couldn't let them down," said spokesperson Ken Rosen.
Most walkers seemed upbeat; some carried the US flag or wore
shirts reading "I Love NY." Rosen also said the walk's
organizers hope to top the $320,000 raised last year. Steppin'
Out, the group that stages the walk, said the numbers of
sponsors and walkers continued to grow this year. About 4,202
people registered for the walk, and corporate sponsors
contributed $83,000. More than half of the estimated 13,002
Michigan residents with AIDS are African-Americans.