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25,000 AIDS Walk San Francisco Participants; 25,000 Reasons Why
Date:7/16/2008

For every walker, there is a story ...

SAN FRANCISCO, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- "I walk because ... " is a simple idea that explains the motivation behind one of the world's most successful fundraising events. "Virtually all walkers have at least one story to explain their participation in AIDS Walk San Francisco (AWSF), which has become not only a Bay Area institution, but Northern California's largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser," said Mark Cloutier, Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF), the primary beneficiary of AWSF. The event's Founder and Producer, Craig R. Miller, describes it this way: "AIDS Walk San Francisco is a powerful outpouring of the community's determination and hope."

Determination and hope are personified by Gina Wulff from Mountain View, CA. Instead of a party or gifts for her 50th birthday, Wulff created her own team for AWSF, "Team 50 Reasons." Together with more than 20 friends, family and Adobe Systems colleagues, she will celebrate here at this Sunday's AWSF. "I've asked my friends and family to celebrate my 'milestone' birthday by participating in the AIDS Walk with me," said Wulff, who also personally donates $1,000 on behalf of each person who joins her team. "Educating people about the disease is one of the most valuable resources there is in the fight [against HIV/AIDS]. I'm proud to help sponsor such education."

Her interest in the AIDS Walk began last year when she attended the play Wicked in Los Angeles with a group of her friends, one of whom celebrated her 50th birthday fundraising for AIDS Walk Los Angeles. "The Wicked Girls -- Walking For Good" became one of AIDS Walk Los Angeles' top fundraising teams. Already, Wulff and Team 50 Reasons have raised nearly $70,000, and they're not done yet. They will clearly be a top team this year for AIDS Walk San Francisco.

Joining Wulff on "Team 50 Reasons" are her husband, Bob, and her children, Katharine and Kyle. Gina
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