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Diyoe Harckum

Diyoe Harckum

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.

-As you may know, I lost both my parents to AIDS when I was five years old two weeks apart. A little kindergartener who was torn apart from her mother and father within a blink of the eye. When I was younger, one could only imagine how hard it would be for a young innocent child to lose both parents to a devastating disease. I had felt ashamed, guilty, and confused why God had taken two loved ones away from me with this disease which was so tabooed and frowned upon. When I would share my life with others, I would get the same questions (asked to a young grieving child):
how did they pass away?
Did I contract the disease?
How was it possible for my brother and I to be healthy, when our parents died from this disease?
Were we tested ?
Eventually, I thought to myself:
Why didn’t I get the disease?
Did these people wish it upon me?
Were they scared I had the disease?
Did they treat me different after I shared my story ?
How can I speak about their death without feeling ashamed and embarrassed?
During high school, I promised myself to never be ashamed of their death. I created my own personalized tattoo which was the AIDS ribbon with wings on each side to represent each individual.

I walk for my parents ♥️
I walk for bringing together communities,
I walk for educating and bring awareness to the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic in Los Angeles County
I walk for reducing the stigma and end the epidemic once and for all.
I walk for people to live life to their fullest
We walk for the 35 years of history and process

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Ed & Patricia Harckum

Walking for my mom and dad ♥️

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2. Laura Cervantes
I’m proud of what you are doing to bring aware and to decrease the stigma behind the disease.
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Going doing what you’re doing! 😇
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