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.
The event benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles and other Los Angeles-area AIDS service organizations.
The even raised about $100,000 less than last year, which organizers blamed on the economy.
"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."
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."
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.
It has grown into one of the largest AIDS fundraising events in the country.
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