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Everything You Need to Know About
AIDS WALK
Kansas City 2019



What does U=U mean? When is AIDS WALK? How long is the WALK?


This year, AIDS WALK Kansas City is partnering with the Prevention Access Campaign to highlight its global U=U campaign. Groundbreaking antiretroviral therapy (ART) has proven a game changer in our fight against the stigma and spread of HIV/AIDS. In short, people living with HIV whose viral loads are reduced to an undetectable level cannot sexually transmit HIV. Undetectable = UntransmittableKansas City surpasses national trends for its rate of suppressing viral loads 74% to 35%. This astonishing achievement testifies to the effectiveness of the local AIDS Service Organizations that AIDS WALK Kansas City helps fund.

Rain or Shine, the 31st annual AIDS WALK Kansas City will be held on Saturday, April 27th,  2019 in Theis Park (Theis Park is located at the intersection of Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard & Oak Street, east of the Plaza, just south of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art). The WALK is 3.5   miles long and takes about an hour to an hour and a half to complete. Registration opens at 8:00 am, a fantastic  program music and fun begins at 9:00 am & at 10 am We WALK! Parking info is in the section below.                
                                                   


Where is Theis Park?


Theis Park is across the street from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art at Oak and 47th Street (Emanuel Cleaver Boulevard). Here’s a map. You can park on the streets surrounding Theis Park or you can park in the UMKC Cherry St. Parking garage which is at the corner of 50th and Oak.


How much does it cost?


It’s free. No charge to walk. We ask walkers to create a fundraising page online and recruit your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors to support you as you raise money (and awareness) to beat this disease.


What if I can’t walk? Or live out of town?


Be a “Virtual Walker” with an online fundraising page and support your AIDS WALK family! You get the same prizes for fundraising everyone else does.


Prizes?


When you raise $100, you get a special 31st anniversary AIDS WALK Memorial t-shirt
For $250, you get the shirt and a special AIDS WALK Phone Wallet!
Raise $500, you get everything above plus an AIDS WALK Thermal Water Bottle
For $1000 in donations, everything above plus an awesome AIDS WALK Weekender Bag!
Raise $2,500 and get a “Duo Dinner Package”—dinner for two at two different KC restaurants!

Raise $5,000 (and above) and get everything PLUS "Argosy Casino Hotel & Spa VIP Package":
What’s a team?


Everybody loves to walk with friends, coworkers and family. It's easy to create your own team. Many teams make their own shirts, bring picnics and throw fundraising parties before the Walk. More information about how to create a winning team is in our download section here. You still get your individual prizes even if you’re a part of a team.


What are the white banners?


That’s part of the Memorial Team. They’re a group of families and friends who have lost someone to AIDS. Many of them have been walking with us since the first year of the walk, 30 years ago. The names they honor also appear on the memorial T-shirt you get when you raise $100. To learn more about the Memorial Team, click here.


I need to download forms, receipts and team information. Where are these?


The download page is here. Download away!


How do I volunteer?


Click here to email us and we'll contact you.


Does AIDS WALK only raise money on April 27th?


Not any more. Because of federal and state budget cuts, more help is needed in Kansas City than ever. Fundraising for AIDS Walk is a year-round adventure. There’s always something going on!

Here’s a list of the yearly events of the AIDS WALK Fundraising Family:

Where does the money go?


All the money you raise stays in Kansas City, helping four major organizations. You can read more about these wonderful groups on the About AIDS Service Foundation Page.