Strides of March

Posted 3/21/19

Strides of March scheduled for Saturday


Special to the Banner

This item is available in full to subscribers

Strides of March


Strides of March scheduled for Saturday
Special to the Banner

Cempa Community Care's 24th Annual Strides of March is set for Saturday. The event will be held at Renaissance Park in Chattanooga from noon to 2 p.m., featuring a memorial walk at 1 p.m.

The first Strides of March was held on March 24, 1996, at a time where Chattanooga and the world were facing a new and unknown virus. Through medical advancements and the hard work of community advocates, much has changed. The focus of Strides of March is to remember those we’ve lost to HIV/AIDS ,yet celebrate the many strides made in the battle against this epidemic.

The afternoon celebration will be filled with music provided by DJMCPRO. Heaven & Ale will be offering some of their ales, and Dem Boys will be serving up some New Orlean’s style Po Boys!
“Strides of March has long been a staple of our organization,” said Shannon Stephenson, Cempa’s CEO. “It’s a chance for our community to come together in support of those impacted by HIV.”

The title sponsor of this year’s Strides of March is NPS, and the event is presented by Curant. Strides of March is generously sponsored by CVS, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee Community Trust, First Tennessee Foundation, Chambliss Law, EPB and Erlanger.

Cempa Community Care is the Tennessee Valley’s leading resource for HIV, providing education, prevention, and support to all people affected by infectious diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Cempa offers free rapid HIV testing and Hepatitis C testing, as well as STI testing. Cempa’s medical clinic provides comprehensive primary health care, substance abuse and mental health services, adherence counseling, patient education, nutritional services, and specialty medical services. Cempa also provides an array of client services including one-on-one case management, support groups, assistance with rent/mortgages, utilities, food, client education, and job placement.

For more information on Strides of March go to


No comments on this story | Please log in to comment by clicking here
Please log in or register to add your comment


Print subscribers have FREE access to by registering HERE

Non-subscribers have limited monthly access to local stories, but have options to subscribe to print, web or electronic editions by clicking HERE

We are sorry but you have reached the maximum number of free local stories for this month. If you have a website account here, please click HERE to log in for continued access.

If you are a print subscriber but do not have an account here, click HERE to create a website account to gain unlimited free access.

Non-subscribers may gain access by subscribing to any of our print or electronic subscriptions HERE