Raise money for local AIDS Service Organizations and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in our own back yard

AIDS Walk Kansas City will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Theis Park. Registration time is 8:00 a.m. Welcoming ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. and the walk begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. This is the 21st Annual AIDS Walk KC and the theme this year is: "Just Don't Stand There." I will be walking for my third year and have raised approximately $1,000 the past two years combined. I am hoping to add to that amount and possibly double it, but I need help.

HIV/AIDS is a real health issue that affects all of us. I am of the belief that raising awareness of HIV/AIDS in our own backyards and educating the public is an essential step to help dispel stigma and keep infection rates down. It is estimated that 25% of people who are HIV-positive do not know their status, thereby, unknowlingly passing it on to others.

This is a most important cause to me because I have been living with HIV/AIDS for 20 years. If I can keep one person from contracting HIV, then I've done my job. If I can make someone aware of the risk of contracting HIV, then I have done my job. If I can educate others, I have done my job. I will do what it takes to keep others free of HIV/AIDS. Participating in the AIDS Walk is just one example of my passion to help my community.

Please visit www.firstgiving.com/trishsteen to sponsor my team "Share Our Strength", which is the motto of Healthy University. Healthy University is a program designed by, for and about women with HIV/AIDS. We offer treatment education, support, mentorship and advocacy opportunities for women infected/affected by HIV/AIDS.

For more information about AIDS Kansas City, visit: www.aidswalkansascity.org or go to www.firstgiving.com/trishsteen to sponsor my team.

Thanks for your support!

1. HIV/AIDS affects millions of people worldwide. Over 1 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV. We need to raise more awareness about HIV.

2. A quarter of those infected do not know they are infected with HIV & unknowlingly pass it on to others.

3. Please support this cause. Go to www.firstgiving.com/trishsteen. Having lived w/HIV for 20 years, I am passionate about this cause. Won't you help?