AIDS Walk & Run: Boston History

  • 1983: The AIDS Action Committee is founded – initially as a committee of the Fenway Community Health Center – to respond to the epidemic. AIDS Action remains the largest AIDS service organization in New England.
  • 1986: The first AIDS Walk Boston, then called “From All Walks of Life,” is held on Boston Common. Inez Folsom joined us on her first Walk in honor of her son Mark, and plans on joining us for the 36th year on the 2021 Walk.
  • 1988: AIDS Walk Boston raises over $1 million for the first time. AIDS Action and its volunteers establish the HIV Treatment Education Library (now known as AIDS Action’s Health Library).
  • 1990: There are almost 3,000 AIDS cases in Massachusetts; over one third are clients of AIDS Action.
  • 1993: AIDS Walk Boston has its biggest year, with 35,000 participants and over $3 million raised.
  • 1994: AIDS Action works to get an AIDS education curriculum and condoms into schools in Boston and 28 other school districts.
  • 1995: AIDS Action helps to secure passage of legislation requiring health insurers that pay for prescriptions to cover HIV/AIDS medication.
  • 1996: With new HIV regimens involving many daily doses and pills, AIDS Action launches an adherence program to help people keep up with HIV medication regimens.
  • 2000: Youth on Fire, a drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth ages 14 to 24, opens in Harvard Square, Cambridge.
  • 2001: AIDS Walk Boston launches its website and online donations are accepted for the first time.
  • 2005: The Walk’s Wellness Festival makes its debut, promoting healthy living for all participants.
  • 2013: AIDS Action Committee marks its 30th year serving the community.
  • 2021: The 35th AIDS Walk Boston is held.