Walk the Walk: Get moving to save lives

Move your body. Save a life. For the next two Saturdays, community members will have a chance to join the fight against two of the most pervasive killers around: breast cancer and AIDS. Chances are most of us know someone who’s fallen victim to one or the other, if not both. Even if we don’t, it’s an undeniable fact that these diseases are claiming more lives by the second, and that support– both at the global and the local level– is vital to stem the tide of death.
Through the simple, yet powerfully symbolic, act of walking and running collectively, participants in two upcoming events will both raise awareness and help find a cure.
 Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority’s 9th annual Run for Life, a 5K run/walk benefiting breast cancer research, happens this Saturday, March 22. For the past eight years, proceeds from the race have gone to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, whose mission is to eradicate breast cancer as a threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment. In support of local breast cancer research, 30 percent of the 2003 proceeds will also go directly to the UVA Cancer Center.
Run for Life starts and finishes at Newcomb Hall Plaza, behind the University Bookstore. ACAC will provide a high-energy warm-up at 9:30am for participants of all ages. After the race, honoree and breast cancer survivor Kate Hamilton will give a short inspirational speech. UVA’s a cappella groups AVP and The Silhooettes will perform after the awards ceremony.
The 7th Annual AIDSWALK moves through town on Saturday, March 29. This 2K, 3K, 5K, or “any K you can” is designed to unite Charlottesville and UVA communities in raising awareness of HIV/AIDS and to raise funds for the AIDS/HIV Service Group. Organizers expect this year to be the biggest yet.
Why walk? Here are just a few reasons: The world’s deadliest epidemic is increasing in Virginia. Young people under the age of 24 make up more than half of all new infections. Growing numbers of people over 50 are newly infected. One-third of new infections are among young gay men. Young heterosexuals are increasingly at risk, and women represent 30 percent of new infections. African Americans account for 70 percent of new infections in Virginia. And to remember friends and family, living and dead, with HIV/AIDS. 
So don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. With every dollar raised, every step taken, thousands can potentially be helped.
Zeta Tau Alpha’s 9th Annual Run for Life takes place on Saturday March 22 at 10am. The race will start and finish at Newcomb Hall Plaza behind the University Bookstore. All ages are encouraged. Registration ($10 prior to the race and $12 on race day) is available at Norwood’s New Balance at Rio Hill Center or on-line at www.runforlife5k.org. Registration forms will also be available on the Lawn Mar. 17-21 from 10-3 p.m. Race day registration starts at 8:00 a.m. at Newcomb Hall Plaza.
The 7th Annual AIDSWALK will be held on Saturday, March 29, 2003, starting at the AMTRAK parking lot on Main St. in Charlottesville. Registration begins at 9am followed by an aerobics warm-up and opening ceremony.  Walkers step out at 10 am. Students from UVA fraternities and sororities will also hold three car washes on March 22 in support of the AIDSWALK at the following locations:  Sam’s Club, All American on 5th St. Ext., and at ALC corner of Emmet & Barracks Rd.

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