Walking and Running in Support of AIDS Community Resources

Team Upstate at the AIDs Walk and Run

A week ago, 60-something Upstate employees and family members braved scattered rainstorms to take part in the annual AIDs Walk/Run at Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville. The well-attended event was festive, with tents, balloons and music; free snacks; massages and group zumba; a best t-shirt competition; and gold crowns for all team captains.

The atmosphere quieted right before the start of the walk/run,  when a moment of silence was held to remember those who are affected by HIV/AIDs. The paths of the walk/run were covered with lawn signs bearing the names of people who’ve died of AIDs.

The AIDs Walk/Run  raised $187,000 for AIDS Community Resources, whose mission is education, outreach, and prevention of HIV/AIDs.

Upstate University Hospital is the Designated AIDS Center (DAC) for patients from 17 counties. Ray Joss and Edgar Johnson were co-captains for Team Upstate. Other Upstate participants included the DAC’s Dave Paar MD and Judith Rees and UHCC’s Thelma Jack, who walked in memory of her nephew.

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Occasional contributor Upstate’s Susan Keeter has written about and painted Upstate’s Dr. Sarah Loguen, one of the first African American women physicians. Keeter created the horse sculpture in front of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and illustrated a children’s book on autism, “Waiting for Benjamin.” She’s written for Physician Practice, Upstate Alumni Journal and Upstate Health magazines. Reach her by email at keeters@upstate.edu or by phone at 315-464-4834.
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