Stories from the AIDS Walk & Run San Diego Community

Quezada - Torres Family

Participating - 19 YEARS

“For 18 years, the Quezada – Torres family has joined AIDS Walk & Run San Diego and this year is no exception!
We walk In loving support for our friends and family living with or vulnerable to HIV! We walk to remind you that you’re not alone.
We walk to remember those who no longer can.
We walk to support organizations providing life saving services/resources to persons living with or at risk of HIV.
We walk to educate.
We walk for change.”

Joe Gregore


“I have been participating in AIDS Walk SD for over 19 years, each year as an extra mile member. I walk in memory of my many friends and chosen family who are no longer with us. Each step I take is to pay homage to the suffering and sacrifice they endured, especially those who risked their lives on clinical trials that led us to the advancements people with HIV/AIDS take advantage of today. During my walk, I usually take a moment internally to remember them, my “special angels” cause they should never been forgotten. I walk to raise funds to help San Diego HIV service organizations provide care and services to those living with HIV because I believe each person living with HIV/AIDS should have the care and quality of life we all deserve. I walk with my team, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, proudly. We not only sing during the opening ceremonies, we also have a team that walk. We have had the honor of being the top non-profit fundraising team. I want to take this moment to thank everyone who has sponsored, donated and supported me throughout my 18+ years participating in AIDS Walk SD as well as my chorus family, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. Huge thank you to everyone involved with AIDS Walk SD especially the staff and volunteers.”

Gary Leventhal


“My family and I have been walking in AIDS Walk & Run San Diego since 2008 in memory of my brother, who we lost to AIDS in 1995. I not only walk for him, but for all those still fighting the fight! We are Walking ‘Til There’s A Cure!”

Karla Torres


“My husband, children and I started walking in AWSD in the year of 2005 in support of the many patients, family and friends that were not able to walk the cause.  We have so many individuals that due to complicated health conditions related to their HIV or due to stigma are not able to walk but yet appreciate when others walk on their behalf. Today, we know the best weapons to fight back against HIV and prevent its spread are – 1) getting tested at least annually, 2) knowing your HIV status and that of your partner, 3) using prevention tools like condoms, PrEP and PEP, 4) staying connected to medical care & medication and 5) getting to undetectable viral loads.  I encourage, motivate and empower our entire organization to be part of AWSD year after year. 

Jerry Turner

Managing director at POZabilities

“In this, my 32st year with AIDS, I walk in memory of those who have died and in honor of long-term survivors.”


The San Diego LGBT Community Center

P.O. Box 3357
San Diego, CA 92163 US