AIDS Walkers surpass goal
Sporting colorful purple T-shirts, more than 30 BIDMC staff members could be spotted walking and jogging along the Esplanade Sunday for the 26th annual AIDS Walk Boston and 5K Run.
This year's team included many first time walkers and runners, including Omozuanvbo Aisiku, PhD, a post-doctoral research fellow. "I had a great time running in my first-ever 5K and hope to do it again next year," said Aisiku.
An official sponsor of the event, BIDMC team members came from departments throughout the medical center and surpassed the initial fundraising goal of $5,000.
"The day was a success and our team has raised $6,631 - so far," said Lauren Gabovitch, a social worker in Healthcare Associates and BIDMC AIDS Walk Captain. "I say 'so far' because the donations are still coming in. I'm so proud of BIDMC for sponsoring the AIDS Walk, year after year. Our commitment to supporting AIDS Action Committee's work for the benefit of those living with, and affected by HIV/AIDS, does not go unnoticed."
Marking "30 Years of HIV/AIDS," the 10K Walk and 5K Run both ended with participants walking and jogging by a stretch of posters commemorating 30 milestones - one for each of the past 30 years. This year's fundraising goal is $1 million.
"We could not have ordered better weather for the AIDS WALK this year," said Jane Matlaw, BIDMC's Director of Community Relations. "We had a wonderful group of employees who did the walk and the run, and best of all, we were the top hospital that raised the most money to help the AIDS Action Committee continue to do the important work they to do help people living with HIV and AIDS."