Angelenos have been joining together for nearly a quarter century to walk while raising awareness and funds for AIDS Project LA, as well as several other organizations around town that lend support and sponsor research in myriad ways. Through the years AIDS Walk Los Angeles has continued to be a moving portrait of neighborly unity, and the huge numbers of walkers who rise early on a Sunday and join in, year after year, is a testament to both the participants and organizers, as they help better the lives of people for whom living with HIV/AIDS is a daily reality.

While many of the 30,000 participants are on teams of friends or coworkers, single walkers are always welcome. If you can't make the 6.2-mile route (it'll take about two or three hours), there are several ways to donate, including sponsoring a participant or team or making a general donation. Mayor Villaraigosa will be on hand to kick off the opening ceremonies, and a number of celebs, including Alan Cumming, Linda Cardellini and Sean Astin, are participating as well.

October 19
Starting Point: West Hollywood Park, Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood

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