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Hey everyone!

I hope you're all enjoying Autumn as much as I am. I've had three pumpkin pie shakes today alone, and it's starting to cool down at night, which is excellent.

So anywaaaay, I'm excited to be participating in the 25th Annual LA AIDS Walk on October 18th. It's the first time I've done something like this, but I'm really looking forward to it. I don't know anyone personally who is battling HIV/AIDS, but I'm aware that it's a terrible thing, and I want to do anything I can to help fund research to find better treatment options.

If you've been watching the news, you may have heard that a series of vaccines has been developed that has shown to decrease the likelihood a person has to contract HIV by 31%. This series of vaccines is the first to have shown any promise in the fight against the disease, and it's development is very good news. We're finally making substantial progress, and now is a great time to support the fight either by walking or by donating to the fund.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and are available to walk, it's not too late to register (for free!) and start collecting donations yourself. Send me a note if you're planning on walking so we can meet up and walk together!

CLICK HERE to visit the AIDS Walk LA homepage and register!

If you're unable to participate but would like to make a donation, I'm trying to collect as much as I can and would appreciate your help!

CLICK HERE to make a donation!

Also, 50% of all profit made from Pon and Zi Comic Prints sold through azuzephre.net between now and October 14th will be donated as well. I'd say that's an excellent way to earn some good karma and score some AzuPrints in the process. Hahaha.

CLICK HERE to visit azuzephre.net

<333 Jeff
  • Listening to: LA - Rediscover
  • Watching: The Office
  • Drinking: Pumpkin Pie Shake!
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Sarah-Vafidis Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you the best of luck!
I am also donating a percentage of my sales, but it is to a different organisation for another illness :) I realy admire you doing this, and it is good to see another person doing it! :)
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cloudyoversunshine Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Hm...I don't think I can make it that day :( ...I'll look into it next year, though.

Where do you get those pumpkin pie shakes? That's what I want to know. :D
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Pinumbra Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Hobbyist
I really don't want to be a spoilsport or anything, but quite honestly, what does a walk accomplish? If all these walks would bring in the money to fund the researches, no one would ask for donations.

In my opinion it makes more sense to donate to organizations that are known to use the funds/donations for the research, rather than do a bit of walking for an event that is only there to make you feel better and only covers the cost of the event?
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Student
The donations supply thousands and thousands of dollars specifically used for research, and the walk brings awareness to the rest of the public.

I understand your point, but one could argue that the walk will gain the attention of people uninvolved, and may encourage them to help by donating as well. Additionally, many of the people participating in the walk do so to pay tribute to friends, family members, and colleagues who have lost their lives to AIDS.
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ElaclairesSkies Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Have an amazingly fun time :) I wish I could walk with you, it'd truly be an honor- as well as a great cause :heart:

And thirty one you say? That's quite the improvement. Bravo to such a success
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baroquebarque Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Are you walking alone or do you have people to walk with? I like walks for cures but they're more fun with other people! :D
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Student
I've got a few people I know already, and a few people here at deviantart that I'll be meeting for the first time at the walk. It's gonna be epic. Hahaha. Are you going? You should walk with us (the cool kids). Hahaha
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baroquebarque Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
I registered. :D
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baroquebarque Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
I was thinking about it, it sounds fun! :3
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zelayda Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009   Photographer
]: I would if I could...
I'm in Illinois, I'm flat broke, and even if I did have money, I can't donate/order online. :C
Sorry Azu... If you do it again next year, I'll see about helping then [:
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kirbyklowd28 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
:O i didnt know about the 31% thing. thats awesomeee!
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I-am-ato Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
that's so great!
I'm so glad your doing somthing for a cause greater than yourself
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DruellaBlackRosier Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh. I'll see if I have time! :D
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MarquessaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Well talk about ironic, My good friend also posted a link to a contest on helping to rasie awareness on aids, on the same day as you posted this. At first, I thought you guys were talking about the same thing but nope. So anyways here is the link to the contest for anyone who is interested [link] Check it out :D
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LOLgrace Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
I'm in Key Club.
And our division always participates in Aids Walk!! : D
I went the last two years!
Hopefully I can go again B)))))
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druideye Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
So glad to hear you are doing the AIDS walk!
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stacynina Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Love to hear you're participating in the AIDS Walk. I've had the rewarding pleaure of knowing people who are HIV positive. No one with full blown AIDS but HIV is one of those lumped things. In my oppinion the biggest thing you can do is to go out and hug the people you meet while you're there. Some HIV/AIDS positive people are looked at as lepers by uninformed people and refuse to touch them thinking they're contagious :<
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Phoneix-Faerie Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
have a fun walk, and hopefully the vaccine is going to help people who are ill
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DarknessRose1993 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009   Artist
Pumpkin shake! I want one...

Ah, recently we've been having "walk for the cure" round here. No AIDs benefits, just for breast cancer.
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kitsuneii Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
I just went to our local AIDS walk this past Saturday. I've been going for at least three years now. It is so awesome. It is so full of neat people. Also free condoms, which is excellent. the package of one of the ones I got was round and golden and had Caesar's head on it.
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And I'm really excited for this vaccine; even if it's not totally legit yet, it is a big step.
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Relith Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009   Writer
Autumn=one of my favourite seasons
I'm happy it's finally cooling down now that it's almost october. I just wish it rained and hailed more here during fall and winter. :/

And have fun with the AIDS walk. :P
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GayMenDancing Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh great! :)
My friend and I might see you there, then.
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antichange Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009   Digital Artist
I went to the San Diego one! Yay (:
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teardownthefence Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
Man I wished in LA. They should do something like that up here in Canada.
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XjennaX17 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
They should.
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aixkiraixjisatsu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm so, so skeptical of that vaccine. You're talking about the one from Thailand, right? Have you read the actual study facts sheet on it? The details are incredibly sketchy, and when they're all put together they don't actually point to any strong, concrete data that would indicate any effectiveness.

I really want to be proven wrong, but...
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student
Even so, continuing to fight is important. If they find out that the vaccines are ineffective, perhaps it's still a step closer.

With fingers crossed,
Jeff
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aixkiraixjisatsu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, I definitely agree that continuing to fight is important. I have too many HIV+ friends to feel any other way-- I just don't want people to think that it's "cured" now, and that they don't have to worry about it, or that it's not an epidemic that we need to continue to battle every day.

And I'll definitely be at AIDS Walk LA!
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student
Oh for sure. Even if this vaccine develops to be entirely effective, it's a preventative vaccine, not a cure for an existing infection. As soon as I heard about the vaccine, I felt a weight in my chest for the people who are already positive, and for those who will become positive immediately prior to the release of a preventative vaccine.

If you see me at the walk, say hello! I'll be wearing ridiculously short running shorts and sweatbands. : B
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aixkiraixjisatsu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Absolutely. We have an amazing capacity to treat the symptoms (at least compared to how it was in the 80s), but that's by no means anything approaching a cure... But even so, the fact that HIV+ people can live full lives and die of old age at 80-- the fact that it's not a death sentence anymore is incredibly heartening to me, especially since it means that we can have a slightly more open dialogue about HIV/AIDS. It's still taboo to a lot of people, but not nearly as much as it could be.

Aaahaha. I spent a few years as an HIV/AIDS peer education worker with an organization in my hometown, hence my strong opinions on the subject. Heh. Heh. *shame*

I'll keep an eye out! I'll be wearing my "No Glove, No Love" tshirt. |D
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student
How cute! I'm trying to get a group together to walk with, and I want to have a really dorky Tshirt making party before, with puffy paint and everything. hahaha.
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aixkiraixjisatsu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahhh that sounds like so much fun! I'm pretty certain no one I know is going, actually :X I'm going to be my own team.
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student
You're welcome to walk with whoever I can gather up. : )
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jdawgca Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
ya know? it's funny, we just talked about the new HIV vaccine in my microbiology class today. no the details are not concrete yet, but then, it's still in like the first stage of human trials. also it is heads and tails better than the last one that that hit human trials (the rate of infection actually was higher than normal with that one but then it was used on sex workers while the new one is being tested on average non-sex worker type people). I could go into more details but i digress.
anyhow, the whole reason for this... where do you get pumpkin pie shakes? I haven't had one since i moved like a million miles away from the nearest Steak n Shake =(
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student
Jack in the Box has them. <333 If I wasn't so sleepy, I'd totally drive out for another one right now, and it's 4am. Hahaha.

Really, I can't describe how excited I am that it's Autumn again. Anything pumpkin is wonderful. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin scones, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin muffins, etc. <3333333

When I finallllly get over my pumpkin binge, Egg Nog shows up at the market and I get to start all over with that. Hahaha.
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Zombieartz Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I love pumpkin, too. And, I always get pumpkin ice cream at the Right aids. Hmmm, just thinking about having a pumpkin shake is awesome. I'm off to dig up some change in the couches!
As, for the AIDs walk, I might join in. I'll be in LA that Saturday for the Academy of Art's open house.
Good luck with the walk either way.
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student
Even so, continuing to fight is important. If they find out that the vaccines are ineffective, perhaps it's still a step closer.

With fingers crossed,
Jeff
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azuzephre Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Student
Even so, continuing to fight is important. If they find out that the vaccines are ineffective, perhaps it's still a step closer.

With fingers crossed,
Jeff
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Blue-Dragon22 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
LA is only about 2 hours South of me, but I have no car and probably no means of getting work off, otherwise I would TOTALLY be down for this. D:

What a great event to support, and thank you for spreading the news so that maybe some people near and able to join will be recruited! I should think a walk with you would be motivation enough to sway some volunteers your way, hahaha!
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LittleMissFallOff Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
That is really, really cool. No lie! I wish I could donate or participate, but alas, I am in college (broke) and in Alabama (too far away).
I love to see people support causes like that (I mean the 50% of prints thing)! I am a type 1 diabetic and we are campaigning for our JDRF walk a thon right now, as well. It's sometime in late October where we are, but I digress.

I commented just to say how awesome it is that you're supporting a cause and publicizing it!
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xoxcassandraaxox Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh hey, when's the walk a thon for JDRF? I have type 1 too :meow:
I wish CT would have a walk a thon...for anything!
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LittleMissFallOff Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
The JDRF walks are all over the place. If you go to their website (jdrf.org), under the "get involved" tab at the top, there is a link to "walk for the cure". It has a place where you can search where walks are by state, etc. Hope that helps :]
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xoxcassandraaxox Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh wow thanksfor giving me the site :3
I just looked them up and i'm going to ask my mom if we can do one :3
thanks a lot :iconkittyglompplz::iconsweethugplz:
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