Breakfast for AIDS April 24

A Community Prayer Breakfast for AIDS Awareness will be from 8-11 a.m., Saturday, April 24, at Ellis Arts Academy, 222 S. Central Ave., Rockford.

The Rev. Robert Jones, assistant pastor at St. Luke Baptist Church, will be the featured speaker. The event is organized by the Crusader Clinic “Living with HIV/AIDS Program” and the Winnebago County Health Department Black Male Health Community Action Team.

The event will offer free health screenings for HIV, diabetes, cholesterol, prostate cancer and glucose/blood sugar. Breakfast by Sisters in the Kitchen will be served at 9 a.m.

In addition, a video performance by Ellis Theater and Dance students’ depiction of AIDS awareness will be featured. The performance was part of the local World AIDS Day event when students presented Crusader Clinic’s “Stigma/Hope” photo exhibit in spoken form. Theater students took on the identities of clinic clients living with HIV/AIDS in Rockford. The video is meant to draw attention to how HIV/AIDS is affecting the black community at a disproportionately higher rate both locally and nationally.

The “Prayer Breakfast” activities are open to the community at no cost. Info: Contact Shelton Kay at Crusader Clinic at 490-1670.

Crusader Clinic’s Living with HIV Program was established in 1990 to deliver early and ongoing outpatient HIV health services. The program is now the largest, most comprehensive on-site provider of medical care and support to HIV-infected individuals. Care is provided throughout the course of the illness regardless of health care coverage or ability to pay.

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