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The AIDS Research Institute at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine will hold its third annual Red Ribbon Dance Project on Thursday, September 8.
The event will held at The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Avenue, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will feature choreographer/dancers Traves Butterworth, Butterworth Dance Company; Kate Hutter, LA. Contemporary Dance Company; classical and Indian folk dancer Manasi Khidkikar; and Michael Mizerany, Malashock Dance. A silent auction and refreshments are included in the event to raise funds for AIDS research.
Courtesy of Butterworth Dance
Butterworth recalls that those early years were hard. “When I began my dance career, many dancers and friends were diagnosed with AIDS. Instead of celebrating their bodies through the art of dance, they were suffering the cruel symptoms that we soon realized would inevitably lead to their death. I and my fellow dancers want to give something back to the hardworking physicians and researchers who have fought against AIDS for three decades. At the same time, our dance is a celebration of life – a life without AIDS.”
Richman added, “Today, we know that HIV can affect men, women and children – gay or straight. The good news is that we have very effective treatments that allow people to live for decades with this chronic condition. However, it is still a devastating disease that affects more than 33 million people around the world, and will kill nearly 2 million people this year.”
For information about how to help research at the UCSD AIDS Research Institute by participating the September 8 event, go to http://rrdp.ucsd.edu or phone 858-822-2321.
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