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Jan 6, 2010

'Tis (still) the season for giving...

While some (okay let's be honest...many of us!) are recovering from the post-holiday grub/New Year's haze, one person does not fall under the former category. He is not only taking a stand his own health but for the health of many. Our own Jeff K. has taken on the noble challenge of running the LA Marathon but his efforts don't end there...He will be running to help take on the challenge in the fight against AIDS!

Join Jeff in his efforts to reach his goals by visiting here on his site and donating to the cause.

From Jeff:
Dear Friends and Family,

I’ve decided to take on a tremendous challenge to help in the fight against AIDS, and I really hope you will support my efforts.  Over the next several months, I’ll be training to complete the LA Marathon; PLUS, I’ve made it a personal mission to raise at least $1,600 for AIDS Project Los Angeles.

I am a student at the University of Southern California and a member of Beta Omega Phi.  Every year we have done AIDS Walk LA in the Fall, and I have felt more driven to try and do more towards finding a cure.

I’m not a professional fundraiser, and I never thought I’d agree to run 26.2 miles!  But the work of APLA is so compelling; I feel I need to do my part.

I have been training for 10k's, but never though I would feel so compelled to run a full marathon.  Several times a week, I’ll be up at the crack of dawn and hitting the streets just as some of you are getting into your nice hot shower or enjoying your second cup of coffee.  I’m starting out with just a few miles, but each week, I’ll push it a little farther.  Overall, I expect to log about 500 miles!  It's a bit daunting.  But when the going gets tough, I’ll just think about how lucky I am to be able to do this sort of thing when so many others can’t.

Nearly 1.2 million Americans are now living with HIV, and 56,000 more will be infected this year!  These aren’t just numbers; this is impacting real people and their families.  For 25 years, AIDS Project Los Angeles has been providing food, home health care, and other basic needs to thousands of people whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS.  Many of these people are living in poverty and have few places to turn.
Now that the economy is struggling, understandably, people are tightening up on their giving.  But consider this, if things have been rough on you or someone you know, just think about how much more difficult they are for those that have even less… those that have nothing!

So, that’s why I’m asking for your help.  Please join me in doing all that we can to bring an end to this epidemic.

Please donate today by clicking on the button that says, "Donate To Support!"  It's easy — you're already online!  All you have to do is click on the button and you're ready to donate.  PLEASE DON’T LEAVE THIS PAGE WITHOUT DONATING!!!  Help me make my goal of raising at least $1,600, and make a difference in the life of someone suffering from HIV/AIDS today.  Donations are put to use immediately — so please, donate today!  THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!!

Jeffrey K