LifeWalk sets one record, hopes for more

As of Sunday, Oct. 4, when the event took place, the 25th anniversary LifeWalk had already brought in $527,000 “and counting,” according to Tori Hobbs, chief development officer for AIDS Arm INc., the AIDS service organization that presents the walk each year. That total, Hobbs added, sets a record for funds raised as of the day of the event.

The goal for this year’s LifeWalk was $600,000, and Hobbs said that by the time the final deadline of Oct. 23 rolls around, the organization expects to have reached its goal. The final total for LifeWalk 2014 was $592,628.

And the teams and individuals competing for top fundraiser honors also have until Oct. 23 to turn in their funds to be considered for prizes and recognition.

Here are a few photos from Lee Park on Sunday during LifeWalk, and special thanks to Avita Pharmacy for letting us post their group photo of walkers just before they stepped off. Other photos are by Tammye Nash.

—  Tammye Nash

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Dan Gueths


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Dan Gueths

LifeWalk, the annual fundraising event benefiting AIDS Arms and other North Texas AIDS/HIV service organizations, celebrates its 25th year on Oct. 4 at Lee Park. In honor of a quarter-century of fundraising, walk organizers are highlighting 25 different individuals who have played and are playing important roles in LifeWalk and its history. Each Friday for the 25 weeks leading up to the walk, a different person will be recognized.

This week’s story in the 25 Stories of LifeWalk series is Dan Gueths, former LifeWalk co-chair and long-time steering committee member, who marks his 20th year of walking in, supporting and helping organize LifeWalk this year.

Go here to see Dan’s story.

—  Tammye Nash

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Ella Wilson

Ella WilsonAs LifeWalk approaches its 25th anniversary on Oct. 4, 25 people tell stories about what the event means to them.

Ella Wilson, a LifeWalk steering committee member, walks with the Bank of America teams. Here’s how she started:

“I became involved in LifeWalk in 1995 while working for what was then NationsBank, now Bank of America,” she wrote. “The founder of Bryan’s House was also a bank employee. Bryan’s House was a LifeWalk beneficiary. The bank started a team in support of her and I joined that team. Like me, Bank of America still supports LifeWalk.”

Here’s the rest of her story.

—  David Taffet

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Terry Walker

Terry WalkerAs LifeWalk approaches its 25th anniversary, volunteers and participants talk about what the event means to them.

Terry Walker is an event associate at AIDS Arms. He talked about what LifeWalk means to him:

“I walk for all the friends that I lost in the late 80’s and early 90’s,” Walker wrote. “I want others to understand, HIV/AIDS is manageable, having it is not a stigma, but I also do not want more people to also become infected. To be able to educate anyone and everyone.”

Read the rest of his story here.

—  David Taffet

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Barry Robertson

Robertson.BarryIn the weeks running up to LifeWalk, long time volunteers and participants talk about what the event has meant to them.

Barry Robertson said he had friends participating who asked him to join.

“I didn’t raise a huge amount of money that first year, but every little bit helps,” Robertson said, but now he’s raised more than $1,000.

Read the rest of his story here.

The 25th annual LifeWalk begins and ends in Lee Park on Oct. 4 at 1 p.m.

—  David Taffet

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Charles Griffith

Griffith.CharlesAs LifeWalk approaches its 25th anniversary in October, AIDS Arms is releasing stories from people who have been involved in the event over the years. Charles Griffith is development analyst at AIDS Arms and walked in his first LifeWalk in 1999.

“I had the pleasure of working at AIDS Arms in 1999 when LifeWalk transitioned to AIDS Arms from Oak Lawn Community Services,” Griffith writes. “I was impressed with the energy and grassroots involvement from the steering committee and volunteers; a commitment that still exists today.”

Read the rest of the story here.


—  David Taffet

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Brady Allen, M.D.


Brady Allen

AIDS Arms’ website posts a continuing series of stories of LifeWalk supporters. This week, Dr. Brady Allen — one of Dallas’ pioneering specialists in the treatment of AIDS and HIV — talks about having missed only two LifeWalks in the past 25 years, and what the event means to him.

“In the summer of 1981, I finished my residency at Yale right as the HIV Epidemic was being described,” he begins. “It was called GRID (gay-related immune deficiency).”

Read the rest of the story here.

—  David Taffet

PHOTOS: DFW Sisters 5th Annual Pool Party

“What happens in the pool stays in the pool!” one attendee at the 5th Annual DFW Sisters Pool Party warned me when I walked in. Well, sort of. There are always photos when fundraising is involved, and the well-attended even in North Oak Cliff was raising money for LifeWalk. We kept the photos to a minimum, but let it be known, it was a fun afternoon and staying out of the sun as much as possible.


—  Arnold Wayne Jones

25 Weeks of LifeWalk: Marvin Green


The 25 Weeks of LifeWalk continue this week with a profile on long-time LifeWalk fundraiser Marvin Green.

See his story here, and watch the video of the “most memorable LifeWalk moment” in his 24 years of participating.

—  Tammye Nash

25 Stories of LifeWalk: Jerry McDonald


“After moving back to Dallas in 1996, I made the decision to get involved in the community and give back in some way,” Jerry McDonald said. “Then I saw a LifeWalk display at Eckerds and thought this would be a perfect way for me to get involved.”

In 1997, he walked with the Guys and Dolls Team. Here’s his story.

—  David Taffet