The race start and finish took place at Los Angeles State Historic Park and afterwards included an LA-themed block party with music, beverages, and food trucks.
"I have first-hand experience with all of the good that AIDS Project Los Angeles has done for my friends and now, my own family," said
"Over the last few years, my husband Roger became very ill very quick, and suddenly we became a one-income family struggling to take care of our home, get the food we needed, and we had no means to get Roger to and from his vital medical & counseling appointments. Thankfully, APLA came to our rescue. They now help us each week to maintain our home so Roger can remain healthy, receive in-home medical care & counseling and they even help us to navigate a myriad of confusing extensive paperwork through a case manager. The support from APLA and their amazing team of people has vastly improved our quality of life, and that is why I am doing Concrete Hero," Gordon added.
Thompson says Concrete Hero is specifically designed to appeal to all kinds of people, and the event is meant to engage a new and younger demographic with the range of services APLA provides.
"Levels of infection are on the rise among youth who today are viewing HIV/AIDS as a problem of the past," said Thompson.
"Obstacle course runs and competitions are mainstream and are typically held outside the city. By introducing an event right here in the heart of our city and adding a fundraising component, we are enabling more people to participate, fundraise and ultimately engage with our services at APLA," Thompson added.
To donate or access additional information on Concrete Hero Los Angeles, visit
AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in
the United States
, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education, and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marks its 30
year of operation and is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. Annually, the agency provides direct services and HIV prevention education to more than 11,000 clients in
, a county with the second-largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation. For more information, visit
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