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Disneyland Resort to host 26th annual AIDS Walk

Annual event expected to draw thousands to the Happiest Place on Earth

By Elysia McMahanPublished: January 18, 2012 12:30 PM

The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will host the 26th annual AIDS Walk on Sunday, May 6. The AIDS Services Foundation (ASF) of Orange County is expecting more than five thousand advocates, supporters and volunteer fundraisers to attend and take part in the enchanted path through Downtown Disney, Disney California Adventure and Disneyland park, scheduled to commence at 7:00 a.m.

The 2012 AIDS Walk Orange County is a 5 km (3.2 mile) venture that has been made possible with the proceeds from numerous nonprofit organizations that make services available to people living in Orange County who have been impacted by the disease. This event is recognized as being a valuable tool of public outreach and education for the concerns surrounding AIDS. As a corporate sponsor for ASF since 2000, Disneyland’s VoluntEARS have provided volunteer assistance and have also played a part as walkers during this event.

"ASF is thrilled and humbled to be returning to the Disneyland Resort for AIDS Walk 2012. We received such amazing feedback about the location from last year's walkers and volunteers. And the experience for our clients in attendance was emotionally overwhelming," said Philip Yaeger, executive director of ASF. "One of our clients remarked, while standing among a crowd of thousands on Main Street, USA, at Disneyland, that he now knew he was not alone in his fight against AIDS."

Originally held at Mason Park in Irvine in 1987, the walk has found its way to several locations and has raised more than $14 million in donations to assist those affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County over the last 25 years. "We raised nearly 25 percent more for AIDS Walk in 2011 because the event was held at the Disneyland Resort," commented Chris Bragg, event organizer and ASF director of events, "We're certain that the experience for all of our walkers will be even better this year!"

Founded in 1985, the AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County annually assists more than 1,600 women, men and children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. They provide transportation, emergency financial assistance, food, HIV testing, housing, and HIV prevention and education programs.

To learn more about ASF go to ocasf.org. For more information about AIDS Walk visit aidswalkorangecounty.org.

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