HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of people put on their walking shoes and carried their umbrellas Saturday morning to take part in rainy, annual event to fight AIDS and HIV.
They ran or walked a 5K course at the Longleaf Trace to raise money for Hattiesburg's AIDS Services Coalition during the 14th annual Walk for Life.
The event also helped raise awareness of the disease and its impact on Mississippians.
The theme for this year was "Getting to Zero" and that was the goal of organizers, who one day hope to see the number of new AIDS cases in Mississippi reduced to zero.
"What we've got to do is get to zero new infections, so that's our call (and) our calling," said Kathy Garner, executive director of the AIDS Services Coalition.
The event also honored those who have died from AIDS and those who are living with HIV.