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World AIDS Day is observed in Rehoboth

Dec 13, 2013
Photo by: Dan Cook World AIDS Day was observed Dec. 1 with a walk from the Bandstand to All Saint's Episcopal Church on Olive Avenue for a service of remembrance and hope. Shown carrying the AIDS Day banner are (l-r) Laura Simon, Allen Jarmon, Ward Ellinger and Sharyn Warwick.

CAMP Rehoboth recognized World AIDS Day with a candlelight walk and a service of remembrance and hope Dec. 1. World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world and has become one of the most recognized international health days. It provides an opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have died, and celebrate victories such as better understanding of the disease and increased access to treatment.

The global theme of World AIDS Day is “Getting to Zero,” which refers to the goal of reducing the incidence of the disease to zero. Locally, CAMP Rehoboth is using the theme “A Light in the Dark” to focus attention on global and local stories.

More than 25 million people died of AIDS between 1981 and 2007, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history. The disease is caused by human immunodeficiency virus, which attacks the body’s immune system. AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection, when a person’s immune system is severely damaged and has difficulty fighting diseases and certain cancers. Thanks to scientific advancements, people with HIV can now live longer before they develop AIDS; however, many people still do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV.

“Part of World AIDS Day has to be remembering persons we lost to the disease,” says Glen Pruitt, local events co-chair. “We honor their memory. We celebrate who they were as individuals. However, remembering them also reminds us of how far we have come in dealing with HIV/AIDS, and it challenges us to work even harder until we live in a world with no new HIV infections, in a world with a cure for AIDS.”

Receiving his candle for the walk is Bruce Pfeufer of Rehoboth. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Speaker of the Delaware House of Representatives Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth, was in attendance for the candlelight walk. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Karl Zoric, left, and Mark Pipkin of Rehoboth await the AIDS walk to begin. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Ed Scarborough of Rehoboth hands out candles to the participants. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
CAMP Rehoboth Executive Director Steve Elkins gives last minute instructions to the crowd gathered for the walk. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
CAMP Rehoboth Executive Director Steve Elkins gives last minute instructions to the crowd gathered for the walk. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The walk makes it's way up Rehoboth Avenue and ended at All Saints' Church on Olive Avenue. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
The Rev. Max Wolf welcomes the candlelight walk to All Saints' Church. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
World AIDS committee co-chair Murray Archibald begins the entrance of the light. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Joyce Felton, left, Susannah Griffin, Karl Zoric and Leslie Sinclair finish the entrance of the light. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Sal Seeley reads the first group of names during the service of remembrance. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Joyce Felton holds a candle to remember friends lost to AIDS. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Karl Zoric,l, and Ken Mahan remembers and honor friends lost to AIDS. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Rehoboth World AIDS Day committee co-chair Glen Pruitt speaks about a girl living with the AIDS virus. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Rehoboth World AIDS Day committee co-chair Glen Pruitt speaks about a girl living with the AIDS virus. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
Andrea Jones performs Love Song during the Service of Remembrance and Hope. (Photo by: Dan Cook)
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