SF Hep B Free – Bay Area group urges support for SF AIDS Walk, hails success of memorial run

The SF Hep B Free – Bay Area exhorts advocates to go all out and register right away in their support of fellow advocates in their walk to end AIDS as they combine forces on July 15th  for this year’s AIDS WALK.

“Every year thousands of people from all walks of life and from every part of the community, gather in Golden Gate Park to walk to stop new infections, educate the community, care for friends and family affected by HIV, and fund research for a cure. Their mission for HIV mirrors our own with hepatitis B,” claims SF Hep B Free- Bay Area  Program Director Richard So

Since 1987, AIDS Walk San Francisco has raised more than $90 million for HIV programs and services in the Bay Area and has grown into the largest and most visible AIDS Fundraising event in Northern California.

In 2017, thousands of participants, many of whom were members of hundreds of corporate and community teams, raised more than $1.8 million for Project Open Hand, Positive Resource Center, and Ward 86 at San Francisco General Hospital and HIV/AIDS programs and services throughout the Bay Area.

This year, AIDS Walk San Francisco will continue to benefit dozens of AIDS service, research, and education organizations in the Bay Area. The primary beneficiaries are ACRIA, the world’s leading research organization on HIV and aging; Positive Resource Center; and Project Open Hand.

SF Hep B Free – Bay Area also expressed its elation for the show of support to help raise awareness for hepatitis B and liver cancer by joining the 2018 AJ Strong Memorial Run, a running event held to celebrate the life of Team Cancer Sucks’s co-founder AJ Jabonero, a Filipino triathlete who succumbed to liver cancer.

“This year’s event was a tremendous success, and each year has gotten bigger and better than the previous. With over 300 registered, the 2018 AJ Strong Memorial Run was truly a race to be remembered,” beamed SF Hep B Free-Bay Area executive director Arcadi Kolchak.

The event was also in honor of those battling or who have lost their battle to the disease and proceeds from the event will help raise the level of Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer awareness in the local community and help patients find and afford cancer treatment.

Named after Team Cancer Sucks’ co-founder & Iron Man, AJ Jabonero, the event commemorates his life, which ended too soon after he lost his own battle to hepatitis B induced liver cancer at age 30 in March 5, 2015

AJ Jabonero who was otherwise in perfect health who didn’t drink, smoke, or eat unhealthy was diagnosed at the age of 30, in December 2014, with stage 4 liver cancer from chronic hepatitis B infection. He knew he was a carrier, having suffered an episode of jaundice at the age of three; however, after years of being symptom-free and not regularly monitoring his viral load, AJ passed away, two and a half months after his diagnosis.