The Whitman-Walker Clinic, a District-based organization offering service to men and women battling HIV/AIDS, will present the 2010 AIDS Walk Courage Award to clinic patient and local inspiration Waldon Adams, who was diagnosed with HIV seven years ago and developed full AIDS two years ago.

Adams currently receives medical care, dental care and mental health services through Whitman-Walker and is also a regular part of the clinic’s Austin Center day treatment program. As he has dealt with his diagnosis, Adams has become an inspiration to his fellow Austin Center patients and to the larger D.C. community. To help cope with side effects from his medications, Adams re-discovered his love of running. He ran the National Marathon in March, his first marathon ever, and is also training to run the AIDS Walk 5K and the Marine Corps Marathon in October.

“Waldon is a prime example of someone who refuses to give up on life when they receive an HIV diagnosis,” said Donald Blanchon, executive director of Whitman-Walker Clinic, in a press release. “He is living proof that, no matter how difficult your circumstances may be, you can always do something positive and constructive with your life. Waldon is a great role model for anyone living with HIV.”

The Clinic presents the Courage Award annually at AIDS Walk Washington to a person living with HIV or AIDS who has shown remarkable courage and leadership in the fight against the disease.

AIDS Walk Washington will take place Oct. 2, starting at Freedom Plaza at 8:15 a.m.