By Alexander Bombino
On Sunday, Oct. 23, 20 Cubs led by senior Jaime Gonzalez will help raise awareness about AIDS and HIV at the 32nd annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles, an event that raises money to assist those affected by AIDS and their families.
In the event’s early years, the walk began and ended at Paramount Studios in Hollywood; however, this year’s 10k walk will commence at Grand Park in Downtown LA.
Gonzalez, the team leader for Loyola over the past two years, hopes to include as many Cubs as possible. Last year, Loyola’s team raised $3,000 to help the AIDS-afflicted communities.
Gonzalez believes that this event fosters a communal bond between the participants and also asserts that walking in solidarity for those affected by AIDS is a great way to serve the community.
“The event surrounds you with thousands of other people who are also there to raise awareness and support for people affected by AIDS. It is inspiring to see so many people participate and it can truly be a memorable experience. Anyone who has the opportunity to attend the walk will immediately notice the love and compassion that all of the participants share in helping the families and individuals affected by AIDS,” said Gonzalez.
Senior Brian Kendrick will also attend the walk. “I am most excited to reach out to the broader Los Angeles community and join together as one group in order to raise awareness,” Kendrick said. “The entire day will be so much fun, and I can’t wait to make a difference.”
Anyone who wishes to participate in the AIDS Walk on Sunday, Oct. 23 can sign up online. For more information you can speak with Gonzalez or Community Service Director Tom Zeko in the Community Service Center.