Briefly In the News

April 26, 2012

26th annual AIDS Walk announced

Mickey and Minnie Mouse will be up early May 6.

The 26th annual AIDS Walk Orange County will begin at 7 a.m. at the Disneyland Resort. The walk is expected to raise $750,000, all of which will stay in Orange County and be distributed to nine agencies, including the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, according to event chair Ken Jillson.

"These agencies provide care for men, women and children infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS," said Jillson. "They also offer testing and education."


Laguna is home to 440 people living with HIV/AIDS, Jillson said.

The walk is organized by AIDS Services Foundation, founded in Laguna by Jillson and Al Roberts. Five thousand walkers are expected, Jillson said.

The entry fee is $50. Participants will have free parking and enjoy a 5K walk through Disneyland and Disney California Adventure before they open to the public.

"We are so pleased to have the walk at Disneyland again and we are hoping to attract the youth of Orange County and give them the knowledge and ability to prevent getting infected," said Jillson. "This includes knowing their HIV status. Testing will be available free of charge at the walk."

Nonwalkers may make donations to the foundation. A $25 donation provides eight meals. Three round-trip visits to the doctor would be paid by a $55 donation. A $100 donation provides six months of case management.

To register for the walk or for more information, call (949) 809-5700 or visit


Entangled gray whale spotted up north

June, the entangled gray whale spotted off the coast of Orange County last week, has been sighted again off the coast of Gorda in Monterey County, according to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center.

A rescue team from the center attempted to cut away debris from the whale last week but had to head back to shore when it got dark. The whale could not be found the next time the crew went out to finish the job.

June is now outside the center's territory, and the original rescue crew is deferring to the National Marine Fisheries Service and a sister organization to attempt to help the whale now, according the center.

For more information, contact Jim Milbury at


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