ALBANY, N.Y. -- Saturday's annual AIDSWalk has taken place for nearly 20 years but organizers say this is the last year they're holding it.
Participants stepped off on Saturday morning, as an effort to raise money for local organizations that provide services for those living with HIV and AIDS. Organizers said they're ending the walk because care for the disease has changed since the walk was first held. Now, they say they need to work with people living with HIV and AIDS to get housing, support and access to care.
"While this may be the last walk, our determination to keep helping people with aids that need us still remains very strong in our community here in Albany," said Perry Junjulas, executive director of Albany Damien Center.
In the last 2 decades, the walk has raised over $2 million for local AIDS and HIV service providers.