Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pasadena remembrance event on World AIDS Day Dec. 1

The Pasadena Public Health Department will join the world in remembrance of people battling HIV/AIDS on World AIDS Day this Thursday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 pm on the steps of Pasadena City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave.

The program will raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed away and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

Mayor Bill Bogaard will present a proclamation on behalf of the city council to commend the Public Health Department’s Andrew Escajeda Comprehensive Care Services for 20 years of service to the community.

California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino will receive the Andrew Escajeda Humanitarian Award, which pays tribute to an individual who exemplifies the courage, advocacy, leadership, perseverance, compassion and awareness it takes to stand with the community and the world as they continue to meet the challenges of finding a cure, acquiring resources and stabilizing the lives for those who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.

The event will end with a candlelight vigil to reflect on people around the world who have lost their to HIV/AIDS and allow participants to pledge their support to those who live with HIV/AIDS as we enter the fourth decade of this medical epidemic.

For more information contact Angélica Palmeros in the Pasadena Public Health Department at or (626) 744-6140.

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