AIDS walkers generate money, awareness

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - - There was a sea of rainbow colors in Kansas City Saturday morning to help those with a deadly disease.

The 24 th annual AIDS Walk began at 10 a.m. at Theis Park near the Nelson Atkins Museum. More than 4,500 people took part in the walk.

All of the money raised pays for medical care and other services for those with HIV and AIDS. Mostly everyone at the walk has been affected by the disease in some way.

"It's amazing from year to year, we have more and more walkers, more and more teams and many other cities have seen a decline in those numbers," said John Pinkerton, board president of the AIDS Services Foundation. "Kansas City continues to show its civic pride and take care of its own people.

More than 5,700 people in the Kansas City area have HIV or AIDS. Organizers say this year's walk will raise more than $425,000.

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