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In the Spotlight

Read stories from some of our past AIDS Walk TO participants.


For over 25 years individuals and teams have been walking in the AIDS Walk Toronto. Allow us to put a Spotlight on some of them and their stories!

Humber Nursing Society

We are proud to have the Humber Nursing society as part of our In The Spotlight Feature. The team is led by their passionate leader Colin. Colin noticed that there was a lack of representation from Nursing Student Groups at the AIDS Walk, and wanted to “set about putting this right, especially since social justice is a requirement for nursing students.” Raising the awareness about HIV and AIDS is why the team takes part in the AIDS WALK, “the number of people living with HIV is increasing across the country, every 3 hours, a person is infected with HIV.” By Supporting ACT “we know we are making a difference in the lives of many affected by HIV and AIDS”
We wish them much success at this years AIDS Walk!

Team “Teddy Bear”

It is not hard to miss this team on AIDS Walk route with their teddy bears in hand, why the name Teddy Bear? It is in memory of team leader Shelia’s late brother, Patrick, whom she describes as a “handsome gay bear.” Shelia also lost another brother to AIDS in 1990, Albert, ACT was an essential resource for both of her brothers.
We want to wish Sheila and her team teddy bear continued success! We will be cheering for the team and their teddy bears on the walk this year!
We wish them much success at this years AIDS Walk!

Team Oh! You Mean Eddy

Team “Oh! You mean Eddy” is a team led by a lightsaber wielding, 8 yr old, Issac, his dad, Phil, and friend Amy. Their team name pays homage to Phil’s father, from a joke he would tell Phil when he was a child.
It was Issac’s decision to form his own team for the AIDS Walk, in honour of his late grandfather who passed away from AIDS in 1994. Even though Issac has never met his Grandfather, he walks to help raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.
Issac is now a 3 year veteran to the walk, when asked why he feels it is important to see funds raised for the Scotiabank AIDS Walk Toronto, his reply: “It’s as simple as this…It’s the RIGHT thing to do, and since we CAN, we DO! It’s just a very important and worthy cause.” It really is as simple as Issac says, join the walk, get a team, start fundraising, give back and have fun while doing it. We wish Issac and Team OH! You mean Eddy, light years of success this year!

Team Smash’s Army

Team “Smash’s Army” is a team led by Paula and her daughter Ashley. Smash is a sentimental term to Ashley, a nickname Paula had coined for Ashley since she was 2 years old. Ashley has drafted her friends and family to help build her ‘army.’ Their support and strength has helped Ashley fight the battle against the stigma that is often associated with HIV and AIDS. Smash’s Army has also delivered results: they helped Ashley raise $825.00! Walking by the AIDS memorial, in Barbara Hall Park, was an emotional moment for Paula and Ashley. Ashley’s grandfather, who also participated in the Walk, shared stories of the memories he had of friends that have died of AIDS. It was a special bonding moment for the family and a memory they cherish.

We would love to hear from YOU! Share your story, and be featured on our "In the Spotlight" Page.
Email us here, and let us know why you walk.