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Media Contact: Holly Korschun 10 May 2006    
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Emory Vaccine Center's Hope Clinic Events Highlight HIV Vaccine Awareness Weekend
The Hope Clinic of the Emory Vaccine Center invites Atlantans to a series of events in support of international HIV Vaccine Awareness Day, May 18. This year the Atlanta events will stretch into the weekend, including a 5K road race in Decatur and a two-day, 200-mile bicycle race from Atlanta to Athens and back. All events benefit HIV vaccine research.

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Events, May 18

Co-sponsored by The Hope Clinic and SisterLove, Inc. A keynote talk by author Pat Thomas, award-winner author, journalist, and currently Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of Georgia, leads the program at the LeFont Plaza Theater, beginning at 6:30 pm. Author of the book "Big Shot: Passion, Politics, and the Struggle for an AIDS Vaccine," Ms. Thomas was one of the first healthy volunteers to be injected with an experimental DNA vaccine for AIDS.

"A Taste of the World" reception will commence the evening’s activities. The award-winning documentary film "Ending AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine" wraps up the day's events. Support for this event is provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Community Education and Outreach Partnership Program and by Merck, Inc. This event is free, but reservations are requested by May 15, 2006 to 877-424-4673 or 404-712-9052. Free parking is available behind the cinema.

Hope Springs Eternal 5K

The third annual Hope Springs Eternal 5K Fun Run/Walk begins Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 9:00 am in the Main Pavilion in Decatur Square (registration from 8-8:45 am). Walkers are welcome, and dogs and strollers are OK. Others are welcome to cheer or to volunteer to help on race day. T-shirts, food, and prizes are included. To register for the race by May 15 ($25), go to or or register at the Main Pavilion location in Decatur on race day ($30).

Action Cycling 200 Road Race

The AC200 bicycle race from Atlanta to Athens begins Saturday, May 20 at the Hope Clinic at 603 Church St. in Decatur and ends at the Hope Clinic Sunday afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Emory Vaccine Center and AID Athens. For more information, visit:

To learn more about all these and other Hope Clinic activities, please call 877-424-HOPE (4673) or visit our website at ###

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