By Antonia Aguilar Cole ’16
On a hot day in October, 80 Immaculate Heart students, faculty and family members came together to march in the 30th annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles to demonstrate their support for more AIDS research and prevention programs.
According to the AIDS.gov website, more than 1.1 million people in the United States are infected with HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS. Taking a stand against this deadly disease, the IH Campus Ministry Leadership Team (CMLT) raised more than $400 and organized “Team Immaculate Heart” for the AIDS Walk. Team members joined hundreds of other marchers on the 10 kilometer walk through West Los Angeles, and many students carried signs bearing the slogan “Panda Pride Takes a Stride, for a Cure.”
CMLT moderator Terri McGrath said she felt “very proud that Immaculate Heart had such a positive showing” at the event. Immaculate Heart, she said “definitely stepped up to stop a deadly disease that has impacted so many lives.”
United under one mission, the Immaculate Heart school community came together in solidarity to protest and advocate for those lost as a result of AIDS, she said.