Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday morning for Southern California’s largest AIDS fundraiser.
“Your being here today helps us know that there will be a cure, that there will be an end to this,” West Hollywood Councilwoman Abbe Land said, addressing the crowd of walkers at the 29th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles.
The event, which was first held in 1984, has raised more than $75 million over the years, organizers said. The funds go toward HIV/AIDS prevention and advocacy programs in Los Angeles County.
Walkers started with a warm-up led by fitness guru Richard Simmons, one of several celebrities who participated in the 6.2-mile event.
“I’ve been here several years now,” said actor and game-show host Drew Carey. “All you have to do is know somebody that died of AIDS or has HIV or something and it’s an easy call.”