Join Chase Brexton Health Care and its community partners on World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1st, for “A Celebration of Perseverance,” a memorial march through Mount Vernon, followed by a prayer breakfast.

The event will honor those we’ve lost, rejoice with our long-term thrives, and celebrate how far we’ve come to support one another, improve health care, and get closer to an end to the HIV epidemic.

“World AIDS Day is important because it gives us the opportunity to educate the community on the importance of HIV testing and prevention,” said Tonya Williamson, project coordinator for the POWER (Protecting Ourselves With Every Resource) Project of Chase Brexton Health Care and one of the event’s organizers. “To remind folks that the disease is still around and the importance of routine testing. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate with our thrives and honor those we’ve lost.”

The celebration begins with a Memorial March from Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street) to 830 Guilford Avenue, where a reading of names of our loved ones memorialized on the Chase Brexton Wall of Courage will take place, followed by a non-denominational program and a celebratory brunch.

All attendees will enjoy a free brunch & receive a World AIDS Day t-shirt. The event is free, but registration is required at

Celebrated each year since 1988, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, the continued need for testing and treatment, and remembering those who lived bravely with the disease.

“This year, the celebration is special to me because we are honoring and recognizing our very own POWER Project team,” Williamson said. “Members of the team have dedicated their lives to testing for HIV, ensuring the community is educated, aware of prevention, and has linkage to care. Having completed over 80 community testing events, the team is elite and one-of-a-kind.”