PORTLAND The 27th annual AIDS Walk Portland was under way downtown as thousands took to the streets to raise money for AIDS research, treatment, and education.

At 10:30 a.m., crowds gathered at Pioneer Courthouse Square and started their walk through downtown.

Traffic was diverted in some areas as close to 10,000 walkers hoped to raise more than $450,000 for the Cascade AIDS Projects.

More information: AIDS Walk Portland

Organizers of this year s event hope to continue HIV/AIDS education and prevention as well as support services for 1,680 people infected with HIV in the Portland metro area.

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