CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update MICHIGAN: AIDS Walk Focuses on Need for Funding
September 18, 2007
Detroit News (09.17.07) - Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday's AIDS Walk Detroit was anticipated to attract 4,002
people and raise $300,000. "It used to be just about raising
money [for patient care]," said Charlotte Paul, executive
director of Steppin' Out, which has produced the walk since
1991. "Now we're here to educate people about [HIV/AIDS]."
Organizers worry in particular about the impact of the disease
on the black community, which they said accounts for 60
percent of new HIV infections. Lewis Hickson, executive
director of Community Health Outreach Workers Inc., is hopeful
that his group's program to enlist church leaders in the fight
against AIDS will prove successful. "I think that it could
make a significant impact," Hickson said.