One of those New Yorkers who is doing his part is Broadway's Nick Adams, who is one of the stars of the hit musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. He's a member of the team of Broadway Impact, the noted group that has been in the forefront of the fight for marriage equality.
Adams walked with the team -- which also includes Book of Mormon star and Broadway Impact co-founder Rory O'Malley -- last year, raising over $20,000 for the cause and is looking forward to this year's outing.
"There's this immense sense of pride in seeing the whole New York community come together for one cause," says Adams. "It's also a great way for people in Broadway shows to work with their fans, and for everyone to make new friends. In fact, we are asking people to join all of us walking for Broadway Impact. We love having new faces."
Adams has already raised nearly $12,000 by sending out emails and by offering backstage tours of Priscilla, and hopes to up his total before next week. "I am really overwhelmed by everyone's generosity," he says.
As the popular actor notes, the AIDS crisis is still with us, despite the many medical breakthroughs made over the past 30 years. "I think it's unfortunate that a cure for AIDS hasn't been found, and it's still important to raise funds to get us there," he says. "And we must keep making people aware that this is still an issue. The new generation of men and women need to know what AIDS is, how to be safe, and, most important, not be afraid of people who have it."
To join the Broadway Impact team, visit tinyurl.com/BIaidswalk.
For more information on AIDS Walk New York, call 212-807-9255 or visit www.aidswalk.net.