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DOH-Volusia - World Aids Day Dec. 1; Healing and Remembrance Service in Daytona Beach

November 15, 2018

Daytona Beach, Fla. - On Saturday, December 1, millions worldwide will join to show solidarity in the fight against Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) during the 30th annual World AIDS Day.

In Daytona Beach, the event kicks off at 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 1014 N. Halifax Dr. with a Walk for World AIDS Day. A local healing and remembrance service begins at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to join a reception at 9 p.m. No-cost health screenings will be available throughout the evening.

People from across Volusia and Flagler counties are encouraged to attend to show support for people living with HIV/AIDS, unite our community in the fight against HIV/AIDS and remember those whom we have lost.

Keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Bickel will speak on the advancements made to end HIV transmission. Interfaith ministers also will discuss healthcare challenges, education, stigma and mental health.

The healing ceremony will close with an invitation to participants to share photos of loved ones. The reception will follow.

Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first global health day, according to the event's website.

The Daytona Beach event is hosted by Community AIDS Network, the Department of Health in Volusia County, Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Outreach Community Care Network.

For more information, please Marvin Hall at 386-274-0500 ext.0560.

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