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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


Ed & Patricia Harckum

Walking for my mom and dad ♥️


raised of $600 goal

Recent Donations

1. Ophelia Jimenez
2. Laura Cervantes
I’m proud of what you are doing to bring aware and to decrease the stigma behind the disease.
3. Anonymous
Going doing what you’re doing! 😇
4. Nancy A
5. Delilah Abaunza
Sent with Love ❤️
6. Victoria Rodgers