The 2018 5K AIDS Run/Walk for Life, held at Roger Williams Park, was co-sponsored by BRUNAP, Lifespan and others to benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island. The theme for this year’s event was “It Takes a Team of Heroes to Get to Zero” and encouraged participants to dress as their favorite superhero. Featured speakers included Governor Gina Raimondo, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Dr. Phil Chan, and Nick, Ron, and Pete Cardi. Over 150 runners/walkers, some dressed in superhero costumes, participated in the event.
Co-sponsored annual event with The Rhode Island HIV & STI Prevention Coalition to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from AIDS-related illness.
Proceeds from the Benefit co-sponsored with BRUNAP supported peer-based HIV and overdose prevention programs, case management and support for high-risk individuals, harm reduction based street outreach to provide safe spaces and advocacy for sex workers and high-risk cisgender and transgender people.
Led by the Brown University Queer Alliance and co-sponsored with BRUNAP, the annual conference increases awareness of younger LGBTQ+ people about the AIDS crisis, and about the dangers that HIV still carries despite improving treatment options.