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23rd AIDS Walk Boston Draws Five-Year Record-Setting 20,000+ Participants, Doubles Runners to 600 and Raises $1.2 Million
Date:6/1/2008

AIDS Action President and CEO Rebecca Haag Salutes Bette Byrnes, who lost son in 1994, volunteered for AIDS Action and raised more than $250,000 so

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BOSTON, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's 23rd AIDS Walk Boston attracted more than 20,000 participants -- the most in five years, exceeding the number of expected walkers and doubling the number of runners over last year, with 600 runners in The Larry Kessler 5K Run -- making AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC) confident that proceeds will total $1.2 million for the agency's largest annual fundraiser.

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"People still have time to make donations, either online or by mailing a check," said Rebecca Haag, President and CEO, AAC

"It's not over in the U.S., in Massachusetts or in Boston," she added. "We have added around 1,000 new HIV infections in Massachusetts since the last Walk."

"By walking today, you have left your footprint, and you will have been a part of that," she told Walkers about her wish for people to talk to their friends about how to prevent new HIV infections to stop the spread of the epidemic.

On the most beautiful sunny day so far in 2008, the crowd's spirits were as raised as Rev. Irene Monroe's inspiring invocation, which launched the Walk from the Hatch Shell to close the opening ceremonies. David Brown, WCVB-TV 5's Co-Anchor of the top-rated EyeOpener newscast, served as MC and then was a runner in the record-breaking Larry Kessler 5K Run.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino lauded the prevention, services and policy work of AIDS Action. He reminded Walk participants that their efforts must be re-doubled to help keep AAC and Massachusetts national leaders. "We need to raise money to make a safer world for our younger people, and we must stay focused, now mor
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