Joining the Walk this year as Master of Ceremonies is Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine, and our Grand Marshal is television personality Alexia Echevarria from the Bravo Network’s hit reality show The Real Housewives of Miami.
“I am honored to have been selected to be the Grand Marshal of the AIDS Walk Miami. I feel that by fundraising efforts like this kind I can help raise awareness, bring hope and build a sense of community. Many people living with HIV/AIDS in our community simply cannot afford medical care and treatment and need our help,” Echevarria said.
The 26th Annual AIDS Walk Miami is a 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource and the Food for Life Network. All funds raised from the Walk help benefit Miami-Dade and Broward Counties’ diverse communities in need. HIV care and treatment is becoming increasingly effective but new HIV infection rates in Miami-Dade and Broward still rank the highest in the nation.
AIDS Walk Miami is one of the oldest and largest AIDS walks in the country. In 2013, this annual fundraiser helped make it possible for Care Resource to:
- serve over 79,850 client encounters with over 17,224 medical visits to 5,426 patients.
- perform over 13,895 HIV and STD screenings.
- deliver over 25,150 meals to home-bound clients.
- extend dental services to over 1,307 clients through 4,837 dental visits.
- open a *NEW* Care Resource office in Miami Beach.
The Walk starts outside the Miami Beach Convention Center and ends at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. To show solidarity, walkers are encouraged to wear their red shoes. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. The walk begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. To register online, visit www.aidswalkmiami.org.
ABOUT ALEXIA ECHEVARRIA
Alexia Echevarria personifies Miami fashion and Latin American culture. She is a multilingual businesswoman and television personality on Bravo Network’s hit reality show The Real Housewives of Miami. She is also the Executive Editor and face of Venue magazine – a national luxury-lifestyle Latin publication that in seven years has become one of Miami’s eminent authorities on luxury, fashion, celebrities and culture.
ABOUT CARE RESOURCE
Care Resource is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provides comprehensive primary medical and preventive care, including health, oral and mental health/substance abuse services to all individuals in our community.
Our Mission: “Through education, prevention, research, care, treatment and support services, Care Resource’s mission is to improve the health and overall quality of life for our diverse South Florida communities in need. “
Care Resource is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with demonstrated excellence in the multicultural field of HIV/AIDS and it works to fulfill its mission and have a positive impact on Miami-Dade and Broward communities. Care Resource provides its services to all persons regardless of ability to pay and charges for services on a community board approved sliding-fee scale based on patients’ family income and size. Clients have access to a “one-stop” location for primary medical care, information and referrals, case management, dental care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, nutrition programs, pediatrics, transportation vouchers, and testing. Furthermore, the agency’s many health promotion and education programs go out into the community and engage populations at high risk, affected and/or infected by HIV/AIDS and other STDs.