New this year at the 17th Annual First Frost AIDS Walk/Run on Sunday, October 16, 2016, was an opportunity to be trained to use Narcan, the overdose reversal drug that has saved many lives during the present heroin crisis. ACR Health Community Prevention Coordinator for the North Country, Julia LaVere, instructed individuals how to use Narcan and provided a kit free of charge to concerned family and community members.
The First Frost AIDS Walk/Run, held at Thompson Park Zoo and Conservancy, celebrated 17 years of fundraising for powerful and innovative youth sexual health education programs delivered by ACR Health.
Since 2000, the AIDS Walk/Run has brought in mainstay funding for ACR Health’s now extensive Adolescent Health Initiatives in the North Country, raising nearly $500,000, and helping to position ACR Health as a state leader in youth education. Sunday’s event raised $41,318!
All of the funds raised at the 17th Annual First Frost AIDS Walk/Run are used to underwrite a wide variety of targeted prevention and sexual health services for youth and for emergency client needs. In the past year, ACR Health has expanded services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth to include a Q Center for Northern New York located in Jefferson County that offers drop-in hours, case management services, prevention education, and special events, as well as support groups for LGBTQ youth in Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.
“Our services reflect a growing need, and a commitment to North Country youth who sometime feel they have little support in their rural communities,” said ACR Health Executive Director Wil Murtaugh. “We offer safe LGBTQ programs to bring youth together in an accepting and nurturing community.”
ACR Health would like to thank our event supporters: Jogger Sponsors: Empower Federal Credit Union, Kinney Drugs Foundation, Noble Health Services, Samaritan Medical Center; Walker Sponsors: Carthage Federal Savings & Loan, Fidelis Care New York, Page Fitness Athletic Club, Sam’s Club; Friend Sponsors: Lowe’s, Student Association of Jefferson Community College, United Healthcare Services, Wal-Mart Watertown; In-Kind Sponsors: Fleet Feet, Panera Bread, Thompson Park Zoo & Conservancy, Saranac, Stewart’s Shops, Starbucks Coffee; Media Sponsors: 7 News, 790 WTNY, Fox 28, Magic 103.1, and Border 106.7.