Just read this e-mail from the Walk team: Double your AIDS Walk gift to help us reach our goal and be entered to win a pair of 3 Day ACL passes!
The 25th anniversary of AIDS Walk Austin is just about two weeks away and thanks to the wonderfully generous people at Whole Foods Market and C3 Presents we have an incredible chance for you to make a difference and win a pair of 3-day passes for ACL.
Whole Foods Market has challenged us to raise $5,000 by midnight tomorrow [Wednesday 10/10] night. If we can successfully raise $5,000 we will receive a generous matching gift from Whole Foods Market! So that means for every dollar you give to AIDS Walk Austin, Whole Foods Market will give another dollar, up to $5,000 if we are able to reach this goal. Invest in the health and well-being of people affected by HIV and AIDS and help AIDS Walk Austin earn double!
If you help us make our $5,000 goal tomorrow [Wednesday] by making an AIDS Walk Austin gift of any size on-line and you will be entered into a drawing for two 3-day passes to Austin City Limits!
Win tickets to see Neil Young, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gotye, and many more just by contributing to the AIDS Walk on October 10th, 2012.
The winner of the two 3-day passes to ACL will be posted by noon on October 11th at www.aidswalkaustin.org. Please donate at: my AIDS Walk Austin page

So, as long as the Walk raises $5,000 tomorrow today, all of those gifts will be doubled. And all donors will be entered to win passes to the Austin City Limits festival. Granted, that is most convenient for those of us who live in Austin, but at least some kossacks could hop on a flight & get here, for passes to a fantastic music festival. Please donate at my AIDS Walk Austin page.

Also, my friend Lisa makes a quilt every year & donates it to be raffled for the Walk, you can donate here and be entered to win it. This year's quilt is gorgeous - actually, I want it & have made my donation/entry.

And if the match & possible festival tickets aren't enough, here's some people talking about why they walk (be prepared to cry, I did)

Why Christine walks:

I have lost two little brothers to AIDS. My youngest died in April of 1992. I lost the second on the morning of last years' AIDS Walk, 10/18/09. Myself and my team did the walk in his memory. I walk for them and anyone who may have AIDS. I walk because I can and to raise money for education about this disease. Join me.

Why Stephanie walks:

Living in the world with no purpose or cause is a devastating way to exist in this world. There are so many people whose lives can be transformed, renewed, and rejuvenated by a simple act. Making a lifestyle out of helping others is a duty that we all can do in our own way... I am at a point in my life that I realize that I need to give more than I receive, that there are so many things that I as an individual can do to help someone, and that by optimizing my potential as a person, others will see the light within my life and be motivated to maximize their potential as well. People helping people--this is what life should be about!! So I walk to support my community, I walk because I can help, and I walk because want my life to be a catalyst for positive change. I am so excited! Join the walk and tell a friend!!---Team SOLE Train

Why Brandi walks:

This reason I do the AIDS Walk is for me, for my son who was born with the disease, for everyone else who has it, and also to show everyone that you don't have to be afraid. Come out and walk for everyone who lives with this in silence. That is why I walk!

Why Stephanie walks:

"I walk because my life has been impacted by addictions from birth. Addictions causing hurt, pain, and turmoil that have lasting impressions.  I have lost many friends to AIDS, know many people living with HIV/AIDS, and AIDS has even reached my family. Although my life was spared, and the chains that bound my family to chemical dependency that altered behavior and dismissed the ability to think straight have been broken; our lives are still affected forever. In my new life as an HIV/AIDS Prevention Specialist and Counselor, I will give my all to fight/educate/mediate and be passionate to the needs of others impacted by this epidemic 'till the end. 'Till there is a cure. Walk with me.

Why Terri walks:

"My first AIDS Walk Austin was done on a whim that changed my life. I met people there who had been affected by HIV/AIDS and have been involved in the volunteer community ever since. I walk today because I have seen the faces of AIDS, they are many and they are varied, it is something I can do to help."

Why Jerrol walks:

"I will walk again for my old friend Victor who has gone down the path to the clearing.  I'll walk for my (former) colleagues, Jackie, Michael, Becky, Stewart, John, Susan, Sue, Ben, Joette, Karen, Rindy, Rose, Michelle, and others I have worked with in the past and some I continue to work with.  I love all of you and I want you to know how important I still feel it is to walk for AIDS.  I'll walk for the absolute fun of it - a much needed and welcome emotion at any point in time - but especially now.  I'll walk because I believe in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and I always will!"

Why Meghan walks:

"I walk so people do not forget those who have died from HIV and those who are living with HIV. We still have a great deal of work to do. People are still suffering a great deal from the stigma associated with HIV and we need to continue to raise awareness and educate the community to keep this issue from fading into the background."

Why Renee M walks:

"I walk for my mom, Vickie, who died 15 years ago, when I was 12 years old. I walk because I am not ashamed. I walk to give and receive support. I walk to raise awareness. I walk for those who cannot."

Why an ASA client walks:

"I walk the AIDS Walk for my life living with AIDS but most of all for my friends who lost their lives to AIDS. We need to find a cure so we can save many lives. Please come walk..."

Why La'Toya walks:

"I walk because I want to help end the stigma of HIV and AIDS. I walk because I am a part of a community being highly affected and infected by this disease. I walk because the community is where education about HIV and AIDS begins. I walk because I have the power to give and meet others who can share their story. I walk because I want to help promote and provide positive outcomes for a disease many see as a negative. I walk because I can.

"I walk because I believe when people come together in huge numbers we make a huge difference. When there is a difference it's because people listened, and when people listen, change happens."
La'Toya is a Case Manager at AIDS Services of Austin

Why Laura Morrison walks:

"I know personally the importance of AIDS treatment, because it came too late for my brother, Bill. In 1995 Bill was the 26th person from his group of friends to pass away as a result of the AIDS virus.  That same year, the "cocktail" was introduced.  As a result, his good friend John, who had been extremely ill at the time of Bill’s death, is thriving today.

"For over 25 years, AIDS Services of Austin has been the heart and soul for those living with HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. By providing ASA funding for services and support, we can help sustain the health and enhance the quality of life for thousands in our community. Please join me and the Laura’s Angels team in support of AIDS Services Austin in the 2009 AIDS Walk Austin."
Laura Morrison is an Austin City Council Member

Why Alisa and Oliver walk:

"Giving back is a core mission of L Style G Style. Building community and creating inclusivity for all generates a more conscious and compassionate city. With so many opportunities to support wonderful organizations, it is events like the AIDS Walk that are near and dear to our hearts.

"The gay and lesbian community has been impacted by friends, family and loved ones who have HIV and AIDS. In honor and support of those we know, we walk proudly for them and invite you to walk alongside us and make the AIDS Walk a huge success!"
Alisa Weldon and Oliver Everette produce L Style G Style

And why do I walk? I walk because I would have trouble counting the number of people I know who are affected by HIV/AIDS. There are people I love dearly who are HIV+ and I want them to have the care and assistance they need. I can't help them all, but AIDS Services of Austin can, so I help ASA. Please - can you do the same?  I'm really serious about the amount -- actually, $5,000 isn't enough, they need so much more. But unless someone out there knows how to approach corporate donors -- and, seriously, please tell me if you do -- I'm going to have a big challenge even raising $5,000 in this economy. I really appreciate any & all donations, you can donate here at my AIDS Walk Austin page

And because no one would believe it's actually my diary without there being music, so here is a video I found of The Boss playing with U2 (looks like the Joshua Tree era) on Stand By Me:

Stand by me and people with AIDS in Travis County -- and double your donation, AND be entered to win passes to the Austin City Limits fest (yes, it is really short notice, but hey, it's ACL, you can clear your calendar for this) and donate at my AIDS Walk Austin page

Originally posted to anotherdemocrat on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 04:45 AM PDT.

Also republished by Community Fundraisers and HIV AIDS Action.

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