Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hilary Duff Walks for HIV/AIDS (Audio)

Produced by Charlotte Robinson

Update: AIDS WALK NEW YORK RAISED $5.6 MILLION…:) The World's Largest AIDS Fundraising Event Attracted 45,000 Participants & the Results Defied Fundraising Expectations In Midst of Recession. The Opening Ceremony featured actress and singer Hilary Duff, Carson Kressley ("How to Look Good Naked," "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy"), Brooke Smith ("Grey's Anatomy," "The Silence of the Lambs") and Michael Urie ("Ugly Betty"). The crowd was energized as Broadway star Norm Lewis ("The Little Mermaid," "Les Miserables") sang "We Live on Borrowed Time" from his debut album "Here's to Life." Sarah Dash ("Labelle") performed an inspiring and emotional rendition of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone," which closed the Opening Ceremony. Check OUT our audio interview as Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson discusses with Kenneth Cox, Director of Special Events at GMHC, the current challenges the organization faces in the treatment, prevention & education of HIV/AIDS in these challenging economic times. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over, especially with the number of new cases among young Afro-American men who do not identify with being gay & bring the infection home to their wives. We talked about GMHC’s new campaign for Woman of Color: “We're Not Taking it Lying Down” that addresses this problem. There’s also an increase in HIV/AIDS among people living in poverty. Cox stated that their average client lives on an income of eleven dollars a day. Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-supported & community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. They provide prevention & care services to more than 15,000 men, women & families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City & advocate for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide. Their Mission is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic & uplift the lives of all affected.

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