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September 28, 2009


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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 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.

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<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! :)
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
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?
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.
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
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
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
baroquebarque Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
I registered. :D
baroquebarque Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
I was thinking about it, it sounds fun! :3
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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