Proud to Sweat (or Not!) for LGBTQ+ Health

It might be hot outside right now, but soon enough the air will be brisk, the leaves will be changing color, and we’ll be gearing up for everyone’s favorite October event: Halloween AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Sunday, October 2! I’m Julian, captain of Team Howard Brown, and here’s why you should join me at AIDS Run & Walk 2022.

If you’re anything like me, running is something you do to get away from your problems, so why sign up for a race? Sure, this is a chance to raise funds for Howard Brown Health. It’s definitely a way to test your mettle and impress your friends. And, of course, you can use it to reconnect with your network after years of isolation. “But what’s really in it for me?” you wonder. Well, Team Howard Brown has the three S’s of any good race: shirts, swag, and sweet coupons from some of Chicago’s queerest shops and restaurants. 

Group Photo of Team Howard Brown 2021
Team Howard Brown 2021

And did I mention sweat? You’ll notice I didn’t. Why? The sweat is optional! You can sign up for a leisurely stroll with friends in the 5K walk. Or you can help out by sitting in a climate-controlled room and be a stay-at-home supporter. If you really want to sweat your buns off—sign up for the 5K run! And if you want to prove that double the length is double the fun, sign up for the 10K! 

Speaking of 10Ks and 5Ks, put them together and you’ve got 15K—as in $15,000! This year we’re gearing up to raise $15,000 to provide community-oriented care for vulnerable members of Chicago’s LGBTQ+ community. This is your chance to help make Howard Brown’s mission a reality. For whatever sweat you’re willing to part with, you can provide healthcare to the uninsured, gender affirming care to trans and nonbinary patients, and crucial medical screenings to the community as a whole as Howard Brown fights on the frontlines of both the COVID-19 and Monkeypox crises. 

Sign up today for AIDS Run and Walk Chicago. Bring a friend or two (or five) and get ready to nab all that sweet, sweet swag!

AIDS Run and Walk Chicago
October 2 at Noon at Soldier Field

For a limited time, get 50% off your registration with code BOGO50.
Registration fees reimbursed for any Howard Brown staff who raise $150 or more!


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