Worth the Walk: Thousands Join AIDS Walk

More than 30,000 people, including George Takei, join the AIDS Walk.

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More than 30,000 people raised more than $3.1 million on Oct. 18, 2009, during the 25th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles.
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The event benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles and other Los Angeles-area AIDS service organizations.
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The even raised about $100,000 less than last year, which organizers blamed on the economy.
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"At that time, AIDS was a feared, unknown, mysterious plague," actor George Takei said of the event's early days. "We lost so many friends and loved ones."
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Other celebrities who participated in the 6.2-mile walk in West Hollywood were Felicity Huffman (`"Desperate Housewives"'), Aaron Carter ("Dancing with the Stars"), Mary Louise Parker ("Weeds"), Darryl Stephens ("Noah's Arc"), and John Lloyd Young of the original Broadway production of "Jersey Boys."
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Since the first AIDS walk in the country in 1985, the event has raised more than $63 million for HIV programs and services throughout Los Angeles County.
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It has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country.
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