“We are the one’s who can make a difference,” Nicholas Kopp, a person living with HIV/AIDS, told the more than sixty people who gathered on a blustery day in Reno City Plaza for the 26th annual Reno AIDS Candlelight Memorial, held the third Sunday in May. The Reno event is part of the world’s largest grassroots AIDS Education and Awareness Movement to educate and remember those living with or lost to the HIV/AIDS virus. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is held in over 120 countries at nearly 1,200 events like Reno’s.
In today’s world, many people forget that HIV/AIDS is still an issue. There is no magic pill to make it go away, Infections continue. HIV/AIDS is still an issue it just doesn’t look like it did when it ravaged people and changed lives. People infected today live a better quality of life longer but there still is NO cure. HIV/AIDS is not a gay disease. It affects all segments, cultures and parts of society.
The Northern Nevada Outreach Team and Reno’s Biggest Little Sisters co-hosted this year’s event, held along the Truckee River in the heart of Reno. Several individuals spoke about AIDS education, living with AIDS, the importance of remembering lives, and “Why I wear a red ribbon”. Following a Sisterly Blessing given by Sister Papa Bubble, the group, carrying candles, walked up Virginia Street to the iconic Reno Arch down Center to West and the River returning to Reno City Plaza.
The community is asked again to gather for Reno 27th Annual AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Reno First United Methodist Church to remember life cherished, life lost.
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