“Climb Up the 50” to benefit American Foundation for Children with AIDS

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Harrisburg, PA – March 10, 2009 – The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA, www.helpchildrenwithAIDS.org) announced the dates for their United States event, “Climb Up the 50”.

“Climb Up the 50” is part of the Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up group of events that support AFCA. Although other events that have been going strong for the past three years have been worldwide, this is a USA-based only event, inviting outdoor enthusiasts anywhere in USA to participate.

Climb Up the 50 is another “viral event” by AFCA, which means that there is not one location that the event will take place. In fact, hikers, climbers, cyclists, and runners from each of the 50 states will “climb” to the highest peak in their state to show that they are united in fighting AIDS. These individuals and teams will also raise funds for the AFCA by having friends, family, and co-workers sponsor them and their climb. All proceeds will go to American Foundation for Children with AIDS and help HIV+ children in Sub-Saharan Africa by providing them with medication, food and supplies that they desperately need.

Justin Wood, who climbed Denali in 2008 as part of Climb Up the 50 stated, “We felt great joy and pride when, after a very long summit day, we moved to the top and set foot on the 20,320’ summit of North America. We were very excited to use the moment to draw attention to the AIDS epidemic.

“We are convinced that ending the epidemic is possible. In the meantime, education of and compassion from the general public will help those who have been stricken survive and live good lives.

“We hope to inspire people to see themselves as part of a team on a very long expedition. We hope each will make a long-term commitment to reach our summit goal of helping these young people live fruitful lives. We hope the members of the bigger team to fight AIDS will make the fight against AIDS an ongoing part of their lives by contributing each month, whether $10, $50 or whatever they can afford. That’s the hope and commitment we want to pass on to you. If we can reach a goal like summiting Denali under difficult conditions in an arctic environment, we are convinced we can succeed in helping these kids live to see a tomorrow. Let’s do it!” This year, the climbs across USA can take place on any day from May 23 to May 31, 2009. Memorial Day finds itself within that time frame and AFCA hopes that the holiday will be to their advantage in acquiring many people to participate in this exciting event.

You can find the highest peak in your state by visiting the Highpointers Club at http://highpointers.org/us-highpoint-guide/

People interested in representing their state this summer are asked to register on the Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up web site, www.climbupsokidscangrowup.com or call AFCA at (717) 798-8335.

About Climb Up So Kids Can Grow Up and American Foundation for Children with AIDSClimb Up So Kids Can Grow Up is a series of global climbing events to raise money for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS. The Kilimanjaro Climb in September 2009 will be the first African trek.

The American Foundation for Children with AIDS (AFCA) is a not-for-profit foundation providing medical supplies and aid to children in countries hardest hit by HIV/AIDS including Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. For more information or to make a donation, please go to www.helpchildrenwithaids.org.

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