|Portland AIDS walk 2012|
I participated in the Portland AIDS walk today, along with thousands of other people. It was amazing to see everyone take to the streets - we filled the street for blocks. My team decided to walk in costume and I just love this shot of Mr. Elf and Mr. Dragon having an interesting conversation. In front of them is Paul Bunion and to the right is "Red" (as in "riding hood"). On the far right, with the blue shiny wig is a very creative "fountain of youth". Lots of fun costumes!
The walk was put on by the Cascade AIDS Project and in total, over $500,000 was raised to help support CAP's mission:
"To prevent HIV infections, support and empower people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, and eliminate HIV/AIDS-related stigma."
Cascade AIDS project is the oldest and largest community-based provider of HIV services, housing, education and advocacy in Oregon and Southwest Washington. (Information from CAP webpage: http://cascadeaids.org/about)
It was a beautiful day - not to hot or cold - and they grey skies cleared up just for a few hours in the morning .... The perfect window! There was every type of person there walking - young, old; gay, straight; men, women; children, adults; black, white; able-bodied, wheel-chaired. It was really amazing!