Remembering Victims, Raising Awareness

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 22, 2007 at 10:42 PM EDT

They all walk to raise money for AIDS programs.

But some walk in remembrance.

This was Angela Carro's second AIDS walk.

She lost her son Robbie to AIDS two years ago.

Today, she led Team Robbie.

A group of more than 50 of her son's friends and family.

"They're doing a lot in the Community to educate people that are living and fighting AIDS and also in memory of those that lost their loved ones," Carro said.

The AIDS Walk is sponsored by the Southern Tier AIDS Program or STAP.

The walk went through about three miles of Binghamton's streets today.

Of Course the main goal was to raise money for AIDS research. But there was another goal, HIV and AIDS awareness.

"We really want people to learn the facts about HIV and AIDS so they can protect from infection," said George Moore, STAP Executive Director.

Students from local colleges joined in the walk.

And some students also lost loved ones to AIDS.

"My uncle was one of the first cases of HIV in the United States and he actually died from AIDS in the 80's," said SUNY Cortland student Courtney Cashmore.

SUNY Cortland students have been walking since 2004.

In fact their first AIDS walk inspired them to start an HIV/AIDS awareness club on campus.

More than twenty club members traveled to Binghamton today.

"We love coming here. The food is great we love working with STAP. It's always a great experience every time we come," said SUNY Cortland student Jessica Webb.

The walkers say that one day a cure will be found and there won't be a need for the AIDS walk.

But until that day comes many of the walkers say they will be back year after year to show their support.

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