KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Thousands of people filled Theis Park to try to spread awareness about Aids. This is the 24th year for the Aids Walk.
Celebrating life and spreading the word about HIV and Aids is all part of Saturday’s event.
“It’s been 20 years since he died so every year we come out and honor him and celebrate,” said Connie Sherman, walk participant.
Connie’s remembering her brother Michael while trying to make others aware that HIV and Aids is still very much a problem.
“An education just to be aware that Aids still exists even though they have amazing medication that helps but it still exists and it still takes lives every year,” she said.
“Aids is really shifting the demographics in the United States as well as in Kansas City,” said John Pinkerton with the Aids Service Foundation.
According to the latest statistics, there are more than 5,700 people in the Kansas City metro area living with HIV and Aids.HIV and Aids cases are also becoming more prominent among African-Americans and Hispanics.
The money raised from the walk will stay in Kansas City to offer assistance to people living with HIV and Aids and to educate others.
People who took part in Saturday’s event say they’re not only remembering loved ones they’ve lost to HIV and Aids but to make sure others don’t suffer the same fate.