GMHC is the world’s first AIDS service organization, and one of the largest. Since 1981, it has responded with tenacity and innovation to what was initially viewed as a gay men’s health crisis. Fighting the fear, ignorance, and prejudice that has surrounded HIV/AIDS, GMHC works to prevent new infections, assist those living with the disease, and advocate for fair and effective public health policies.
In 1986, GMHC was searching for ways to further engage the public, media, and government in the fight against the rapidly growing AIDS epidemic. The first AIDS Walk New York was created and the 10-kilometer walkathon was designed to raise urgently needed funds for GMHC, and to battle the stigma so many associated with HIV/AIDS. The event took place on May 18, 1986 at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park, Fordham University’s Robert Moses Plaza, and the streets of the Upper West Side. Today, the AIDS Walk begins and ends in Central Park.
In its 27 years, AIDS Walk New York has inspired nearly 845,000 people to walk, and millions more to donate, raising more than $122 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The funds raised at the event remain a vital lifeline that sustains GMHC’s prevention, care, and advocacy programs for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in the tri-state area. AIDS Walk New York is the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. Through the implementation of our Alphas Against AIDS initiative, the Brothers of Kappa Xi Lambda have created prevention and awareness programs and participated in AIDS Walk NY raising thousands of dollars. For more information on AIDS Walk NY visit aidswalk.net/newyork. Visit gmhc.org to learn more about its life-sustaining programs and services.
GMHC is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported, and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. GMHC provides prevention and care services to more than 15,000 men, women, and families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City, and advocates for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide.