FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – Lanes and curbs of several downtown Ft. Lauderdale roads will be closed to traffic Sunday morning as hundreds of people take part in the Florida AIDS Walk.

The walk begins at 10 a.m. at the Huizenga Plaza on East Las Olas Boulevard. While most of the walk will be along sidewalks, drivers can expect delays in and around the intersections along the 10K walk route.

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Route:

  • The walk starts at Huizenga Plaza on East Las Olas Boulevard. Streets impacted include:
  • SE 1st Avenue to Broward Boulevard;
  • SE 16th Avenue to East Las Olas Boulevard; Birch Road to Cortez Street; Seabreeze to Sebastian Street;
  • A1A to East Las Olas Boulevard;
  • East Las Olas Boulevard to SE 5th Avenue;
  • SE 5th Avenue to New River Drive;
  • SE 2nd Avenue to finish at Huizenga Plaza.

Temporary Lane and Curb Closures:

  • East Las Olas Boulevard from Andrews Avenue to SE 2 Avenue beginning at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday;
  • SE 1 Avenue for the start of the event from Huizenga Plaza to Broward Boulevard from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.;
  • The Eastbound curb and center lanes will be coned off to accommodate overflow walkers from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.;
  • Participants will be encouraged to remain on the sidewalk or within the coned-off curb lanes of East Las Olas Boulevard in both directions designated for this event from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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Funds raised during the walk will go to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. AHF operates a pharmacy and thanks to donations, they can give life saving medicines to people who can’t afford them.

“We don’t withhold their medicines,” AHF Pharmacist Genevieve Lloyd said. “These are lifesaving medicines; they need to have their medicines, so we rely heavily on the donations. The donations allow us to get the medicines out to the patients who need them.”

Thanks to donations there are now three mobile testing units: 35,000 people are expected to get tested in these units this year alone.

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“One of the mission of our mobile testing units is to bring testing and the education to them in their community, in their home at their grocery store for the folks who, for various reasons, can’t or won’t go into a medical clinic or go to see their doctor for a test,” noted AHF Community outreach director Mark Martin.