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AIDS Quilt to be
displayed at end of California’s AIDS/LifeCycle event

AIDS Quilt to be
displayed at end of California’s AIDS/LifeCycle event

More than 200 panels from AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed in Los Angeles.

More than 200 panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt representing each of the 25 years of the global AIDS pandemic will be displayed at the conclusion of the AIDS/LifeCycle fund-raiser held for two California AIDS groups. The seven-day, 585-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles will wrap up with a closing ceremony in Los Angeles's Brentwood neighborhood on June 10, where nearly 4,000 feet of panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt and from the Sunburst Quilt, which honors children lost to AIDS, will be displayed.

"The AIDS/LifeCycle closing ceremony is an emotional event honoring and celebrating the achievement of the diverse community of heroes--from all walks-of-life--who not only raise millions of dollars for AIDS services and prevention but awareness that the pandemic is not over," says AIDS/LifeCycle director Chris Cole in a statement. "We're honored to display a large portion of the quilt this year as a reminder of the more than half a million Americans we've lost to AIDS in the last 25 years."

The closing ceremony and quilt display is free and open to the public. It will be held at 4 p.m. at the Veterans Administration Grounds in Brentwood. The quilt panels will be on display that day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The AIDS/LifeCycle fund-raiser benefits the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. Some of the goals of the event are to increase awareness of and raise funds to support the organizations' HIV programs and services, boost AIDS awareness, and provide a life-affirming experience for people affected and infected by HIV. For more information about the event, go online to

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was started by Cleve Jones and other San Francisco activists in 1987 as a memorial to friends and loved ones lost to the disease. Today, the quilt, managed by the Atlanta-based Names Project Foundation, contains more than 45,000 of the 3-by-6-foot panels.

For more information about the quilt, go online to

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