A community committed to a cause — this is perhaps the best way to summarize the upcoming 27th Annual AIDS Walk Miami. Organizations, groups, teams and individuals from every corner of Miami are coming together on April 26 at the Miami Beach Convention Center for the 2015 event.
“We will walk again this year, in honor and memory of those we knew, loved, and lost to HIV. With the progress that continues to be made, we are hopeful that sometime in our life time, God willing, there will be a cure,” said Rick Siclari, Chief Executive Officer at Care Resource, presenting sponsor of AIDS Walk Miami.
Actor, artist and designer David Bromstad is this year’s grand marshal with Emmy Award winning television personality Robbin Simmons serving as master of ceremonies. Simmons, a longtime South Florida news reporter, has covered several big stories ranging from the Elian Gonzalez saga to the Gianni Versace murder to U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Vatican City. Bromstad, a gay man, is known for his fabulous home makeover shows on cable television.
“This disease is not a ‘gay’ disease, it's not a ‘straight’ disease, it's a disease that has made an impact on millions of people all over the world; men, women and children alike. We walk together in unity,” Bromstad said.
In a February 2014 surveillance report released by the Florida Department of Health, an estimated 27,035 people were living with HIV/AIDS in Miami-Dade County.
The walk of 3.1 miles begins promptly at 9 a.m. at 1901 Convention Center Drive in Miami Beach. To register, visit www.AIDSwalkmiami.org . Single registration is $25. Organizers are hoping to raise $250,000 at this year’s walk.