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Jeremy Pettet

Jeremy Pettet

After moving to NYC 6 years ago, AIDS Walk New York became one of my favorite days of the year. The thrill of being together with friends and colleagues, enjoying a beautiful spring day in Central Park, and supporting my community--the LGBTQ+ community, my friends and neighbors living with HIV and AIDS, and organizations like Gay Mens' Health Crisis (GMHC) who support them, and in turn support all of us--well, it all brings an incredible energy and spirit of love that is truly palpable.

When the pandemic upended our lives and prevented us from being together for AIDS Walk the last couple of years, I used some of my time to research my uncle, Al Burkart, who died from AIDS-related complications when I was 10 years old.

As a result of this research, I was able to reconnect with his former partner, and he was able to introduce me to friends of Al, some of whom met him in college...and they gave me the gift of their memories. They shared stories, and in doing so, we all shared laughs--and some tears.

This year I couldn't be more excited to once again walk in Central Park with my friends and colleagues...and this year, as in every year before, I walk to honor the memory of my Uncle Al. But now I have even more memories to reflect on, and I will also walk to honor the friends and love that Al had in his life, who supported him through the best and ugliest of times--times that I can't fully imagine, often with results that can't be explained or understood.

If you are able, I would be eternally grateful for your donation to support the this year's walk, and in turn, those in NYC affected by this awful disease. And if your company offers a matching donation, I'd be doubly thankful for the match.

(And if you have the time after you donate, I wrote a tribute to Uncle Al that was shared by the AIDS Memorial -- you can view it at the link below, and read about thousands of other victims of this disease as well.)

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=396731145057212

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