INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – More than 10,000 people in Indiana are living with HIV/AIDS.
Saturday, many of their fellow Hoosiers walked to raise awareness and money for those diagnosed with the disease.
Adam Freeman took part in the walk, “The fact that we still have to do this is very important.”
The event took place in the Herron Morton Place neighborhood.
The walk was put on by the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis.
Money raised goes to help those living with HIV/AIDS with emergency assistance. That assistance includes medications, dental and utility bills, food and clothing.
“Usually the agencies have a cap on how much they can spend per client,” said Betty Wilson, President & CEO of the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. “Most of the time its a couple hundred dollars annually.”
An estimated 10,000 Hoosiers are living with HIV, half of them are in Indianapolis.
“The monies that are raised today are really important. We’re not going to raise the money if we don’t raise the awareness and get people here,” Wilson said.
Organizers hoped to raise $300,000 through Saturday’s events.
WISH-TV was a proud sponsor of the event.