Walkers continue fight against AIDS

It’s come a long way, but there is still a long road ahead and after 25 years, the community is still walking strong for the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.

It’s come a long way, but there is still a long road ahead and after 25 years, the community is still walking strong for the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life.

Nanaimo’s walk takes place Thursday (Sept. 22) at Vancouver Island University outside the upper cafeteria at 11:30 a.m.

The Harbour City is one of more than 40 communities across Canada participating in this year’s fundraiser.

“The HIV pandemic has evolved dramatically over the last 30 years as has the community response in Canada. There have been many advances in treatment and in stigma reduction, yet there is still a lot of work to do,” said James Boxshall, acting executive director of AIDS Vancouver Island. “People are living longer with HIV and AIDS in Canada, but the disease still poses significant challenges to individuals and communities, and prevention is still critical. That’s why, as much as ever, we encourage our community in Nanaimo to support the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life”

There are a number of obstacles to overcome when diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, including facing stigma, the possible loss of relationships with family or friends, job loss and serious illness.

Despite the advances in treatment, there is still no cure.

All walk proceeds stay in Nanaimo and enable AIDS Vancouver Island to offer programs and services to improve the lives of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Pledge forms are available from the VIU student union office at VIU and AIDS Vancouver Island, 201-55 Victoria Rd.