BENEFITING: AIDS FOUNDATION OF WESTERN MASS INC
On October 14th, 2012, I will be running the Mount Desert Island Marathon in Bar Harbor, Maine. As a way to push and encourage myself, I am working to raise money for the AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts.
The AIDS Foundation of Western Massachusetts works to provide grants of emergency financial assistance to those in our communities who are limited as a result of HIV/AIDS. The organization helps children who are infected or affected by HIV/AIDS attend the summer camp of their choice through our Camperships Program, providing a sense of normalcy and relief from day-to-day stressors of living with HIV/AIDS. We also make it a priority to educate our communities about HIV/AIDS, in order to decrease stigma and prevent the spread of the disease. This is accomplished through:
Peer education provided by The AIDS kNOw More Project;
Participation in community health and wellness events;
Speaking engagements and presentations;
Providing information and referral services at our offices;
Community functions, such as the AIDS Walk/5k Run & Festival and our World AIDS Day gathering (Dec. 1).