AIDS Walk for Life held Saturday

AIDS Walk for Life held Saturday

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - About 100 walkers and runners gathered at Kamper Park Saturday morning for the annual Walk for Life event.

It was put on by the AIDS Services Coalition of Hattiesburg.

Now in it's 16th year, the event is held to help remember those who were lost and to celebrate those who are living with HIV/AIDS.

To increase visibility, the one-mile walk traveled up Hardy Street for part of its route.

"It's great; we have a good turnout this year," said Russ Royals, ASC board member. "Being a board member and an activist for the AIDS Services Coalition, being somebody that's living with HIV, it means a lot that we have groups that come out and support us and individuals as well as from the community."

Royals also spoke to the meaning of the walk and the connection to World AIDS Day.

"It's a day of remembrance, a day for healing, a day to honor those that have gone before us and it's a major fundraiser," Royals said. "The corporate sponsorship has been phenomenal this year."

Later, a service of remembrance and healing was held at Trinity Episcopal Church to honor those lost or suffering from AIDS and HIV.

For more information about the AIDS Services Coalition, visit their website.