MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Thousands laced up to walk for HIV and AIDS awareness on the streets of South Beach, Sunday morning.

Participants at the 28th annual AIDS Walk Miami gathered to raise awareness — and money — to help treat those living with the disease in South Florida. The 5K began and ended at Soundscape Park and followed a route that included Lincoln Road Mall, the Art Deco district, Washington Avenue and Lummus Park.

Organizers said they are grateful for the outpouring of support. "An event like this only survives because people in the community care," said Jonathan Welsh, AIDS Walk Miami’s marketing and development manager. "Every year, together, we reunite about something that is important to us, again and again and again, and it’s great to see a community that is both united and committed to a cause until there is, indeed, a cure in our lifetime."

The fundraiser, hosted by 7News reporter and weekend anchor Robbin Simmons, benefits more than 15,000 people affected by HIV or AIDS in our community. This year’s grand marshal was U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla.

Proceeds will go to Care Resource and Food for Life Network.

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