MORGANTON, N.C. — Stormy weather did not stop the second annual Hike for Hope on April 16. Over 100 hikers hit the trail at the Catawba River Greenway in support of HIV/AIDS services for the region. In its second year, Hike for Hope raised over $22,000 for ALFA.

Proceeds from Hike for Hope remain in ALFA’s nine-county service area and go directly to funding the agency’s programs of medical case management, prevention education and HIV testing and counseling.

Hike for Hope events featured community booths from medical providers, non-profits and lots of breakfast foods and coffee. Sally Learned, executive director of Burke United Way, shared a welcome to the participants, acknowledging the 24 years ALFA had worked with United Way. Kathy Crowder, nurse practitioner at Fairgrove Primary Health, Burke County resident and key note speaker, challenged the crowd to “put hope into action.”

“By volunteering and becoming a voice against the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS,” Crowder urged, “you are increasing life-saving access to prevention and care.”
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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.