I first gained awareness of the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in Baltimore in 2008 through my roomate at the time who had a young woman share her story about contracting and living with HIV/AIDs at Grace Church in Timonium, MD. I had moved to Baltimore in 2007 and had been touched by some HIV/AIDS patients in my clinical practice as a nurse. I knew that God had a plan for me to get involved and give loving support to those who have contracted HIV and AIDs and educate our community on the risks of acquiring and spreading HIV/AIDS. I had to get involved and not only to help fight the epidemic of AIDs in the US but especially to help fight HIV/AIDS in Baltimore, my own back yard. I needed to get involved in Baltimore's mission field and do something I cared about...so I took the HopeSprings course and have been spreading their mission and vision and loving HIV/AIDs patients and giving them the graceful care and support they deserve ever since. I traveled to Africa to see what HopeSprings is doing globally, and now I want to do another activity I enjoy by running this race for something that matters. So check out my pics and realize real women run in skirts for a cause like HopeSprings and erradicating HIV/AIDs. No mountain is too great! Get involved! We need a mountain of support (prayers and financial support) to continue the work of erradicating HIV and AIDs in Baltimore. So get involved, cheer for the team, and support the cause! -James 1:27
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