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AIDS Walk Tucson: Man walks for sister-in-law who died

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AIDS Walk Tucson held on 10-14-12 in downtown Tucson. More than a thousand people turned out. AIDS Walk Tucson held on 10-14-12 in downtown Tucson. More than a thousand people turned out.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Every nine and a half minutes, someone in the U.S. gets HIV. On Saturday, people across Southern Arizona took to the streets to fight the deadly disease.

They cheered and hollered as people crossed the finish line. They're walking to fight AIDS.

Among the thousand plus people who joined in the walk, Gary Coleman had a very special reason for coming out.

"My sister-in-law died," said Coleman. "She's very dear to me." His sister-in-law died. It was tough for Coleman but he got through it.

"I give God the most credit because the strength we have comes from him. When times get tough like that," said Coleman.

From losing his sister-in-law to AIDS to now aiding in prevention.

"Use a condom. Use protection," said Coleman.

The disease is transmitted through unprotected sex, contaminated blood transfusions and hypodermic needles.

It's considered a pandemic, an outbreak that is actively spreading.

"It affects everybody. It can affect pretty much women, men, kids," said Erika Solis, who walked to fight AIDS.

There is no cure for HIV, but Lydia Kennedy, who rode her bike in the 5K, said that's something she'd like to see researchers figure out in the future.

"It continues to have the need and research and monies distributed to help," said Kennedy.

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