Emory Report

October 5, 1998

 Volume 51, No. 7

Community Service Update

Emory community still has time to participate in AIDS Walk Oct. 18 in Piedmont Park

Emory is committed to leading the way in the fight against AIDS. On Sunday, Oct. 18, Emory volunteers will once again join hundreds of teams and thousands of individuals to raise money for AIDS. The 10-kilometer (6.2 miles), fund-raising walkathon benefits AID Atlanta and 14 other outstanding AIDS service organizations.

Recent advances in combination drug therapy have made it possible for some people with AIDS to live longer and healthier lives. But we now know these drugs do not work for everyone. Tens of thousands of people who have access to the treatments cannot tolerate the side effects. The stark realities of the epidemic remain: no one has been cured, no one has been vaccinated and HIV continues to spread at an alarming rate. Simply put, the AIDS crisis is not over. Consequently, the importance of our local AIDS organizations has never been greater.

Last year Volunteer Emory's team had 54 dedicated walkers who raised more than $1,480 by collecting sponsorships from family, friends and co-workers.

You can join our team by calling Volunteer Emory at 404-727-6268 or visiting our office in 544-E Dobbs Center. You can also call the AIDS Walk Atlanta office at 404-876-9255. Please remember to tell them to register you and/or your group under Emory's "banner"-Team No. 1096-so they can update our team list. Even if you have already registered on your own, you can call the AIDS Walk office and ask them to transfer your name to Emory's team.

Remember, your family and friends are encouraged and welcome to join us. If you are unable to walk with us, I hope you will sponsor someone on our team. Please join us at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, at Piedmont Park for an incredible day as we walk together to raise urgently needed funds and to send a message to the world that the AIDS crisis is not over.

For information on other volunteer opportunities, contact Volunteer Emory at 404-727-6268 or <volunteer@emory.edu>.

Lisa Simpson is director of Volunteer Emory.

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