"I am honored to be a part of AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2012," Braun said. "AIDS is still impacting too many of our friends, family members and neighbors.
AIDS Walk is the state's largest AIDS fundraiser, with $10.5 million raised since it was started 22 years ago. Proceeds of the event are used locally to provide HIV prevention, care and treatment services at places like the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which organizes the event.
There are more than 6,000 people confirmed to be living with HIV in Wisconsin and about 1,700 Wisconsinites have HIV but don't yet know it, according to the ARCW.
"HIV continues to be a major public health threat in Wisconsin requiring our constant attention. In 2011, reported new HIV infections in Wisconsin were up 18 percent over the previous year," said Michael Gifford, ARCW president and chief executive officer. MillerCoors and Brewers Community Foundation are the corporate sponsors of the event, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. For more information, to register or to become a corporate sponsor, visit www.aidswalkwis.org.