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Brock Evans

Brock Evans

I’m participating in this year’s AIDS Walk Los Angeles, a 10K fundraising walk to fight the epidemic. Thank you for considering a donation! Every dollar we raise helps APLA Health stop new infections and support people living with HIV/AIDS.


I decided to take a walk - an AIDS WALK LA 2019. Feel free if you can and wish to contribute $5.00 and up but don't feel obligated. Many people are are not able to and many people are tapped out already having contributed to charity or those in need or one's dependents. I have already turned down a couple because unbeknownst to others I was able to contribute a little here or there. No pressure no shame no guilt. Likes and shares are appreciated as well.

How it works. This AIDS WALK will be held on October 20, 2019 in downtown Los Angeles. Anytime between now and then you can click on my page and make the donation of your choice that is designated as funds I raised. The money - all the money - goes directly to the AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES - none of it goes through or to me nor do I announce or publicize who donated on my page though I believe those who donate have that option in order to encourage others to do so. APLA is a wonderful organization I have connected with in different capacities over the years. Like many others it was founded by volunteers to help those suffering and in need when no one else would.

Why and history. The short answer is because I can and because I believe in the mission and the staff and volunteers dedicated to fulfilling APLA's mission. The long answer is that back in the day when AIDS Walk started as a fundraiser in San Franciso for the SF AIDS FOUNDATION - another exemplary organization founded by volunteers - I was too grief stricken to participate. But close friends of mine walked every year and I donated through them. It seemed death was all around me - friends roomates coworkers neighbors people i didn't even like. Although it was after we separated my first serious boyfriend with whom I lived died. And some time after that I formed another serious relationship that lasted some years and then he passed. I decided that was it for me and relationships. How many mr rights are there how many chances does one get. I evolved somewhat from that attitude but not for many years. I remember being shocked and upset when the counselor told me my results came back negative shortly after my boyfriend tested positive. How could that be. Actually I totally freaked out right there in the clinic. And eventually I wasn't the only one to so react to a negative result though i may have been one of the earliest. They had to change the whole counseling regimen. I Iearned there is no rhyme or reason. I can't tell you how many speakers I listened to or articles I read of those infected after just one experience.

Eventually new meds came out, the dying slowed the living rose. With no one else in OCR's regional office left to work on the issue of discrimination - even our Regional Manager and my mentor who publically resigned in protest of the Reagan Admin and DOJ and testified before Congressman Weiss' committee died - I think Hal Freeman set a record for being admitted to the hospital 6 times with pneumocystis and coming out each time until he didn't. I still have the congressional hearing book on those hearings.

The week after my roomate a coworker of my bf at SFAF died - his family except for one sister would not acknowledge him or come out - while i was attending my younger brother's wedding, I told my new boss I would attend the first SFDPH conference on AIDS down the street. She said I didn't have to and I said I would leave if I couldn't handle it. Instead it was the most life affirming experience of my life. I was surrounded by people who cared and who were trying to help doctors lawyers social workers even bureaucrats- and many who had lost more than me. And that is how i became involved in the issue of HIV related discrimination. Eventually I was OCR's national expert on HIV discrimination travelling throughout the country speaking at AIDS conferences in behalf of OCR, me without an undergraduate college or law degree but that's another story.

But back to the AIDS WALK OCR at some point moved from private office space into the HHS Region IX HQ building and i joined an AIDS on the Workplace committe designed to educate HHS staff about HIV with monthly luncheon speakers. And the committe formed an AIDS Walk team and that is the first time I walked. When OCR opened the LA office in 2001 I formed an AIDS Walk team and 6 out of 7 of our LA office staff joined and walked in the West Hollywood walk for a couple years and i was thrilled as i had never received that proportional level of support from coworkers.

I remember looking up that first year in WeHo and seeing a sign for a contingent from La Salle High School my alma mater. And learning for the first time La Salle had been coed so long the female teachers had been students.

So I haven't walked in an AIDS Walk since about 2003. But I decided to walk this year because I can and because AIDS is still here still amongst us and affecting the young the vulnerable and the less affluent and less well served more than ever.

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