Actor from Chicago’s ‘Hamilton’ cast supports AIDS Run & Walk

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CHICAGO -- About 2,500 runners and walkers did not let Mother Nature stop the fun or the mission of Saturday's AIDS Run & Walk.

HIV Advocate Jessica Glaspie formed "Team Jessica" to raise money and awareness about HIV prevention and treatment. She's been living with HIV and has bravely shared her story in hopes of helping others.

"It's been 7 years for me. I found out very early on so I was able to suppress the virus and to make sure that I can do what I can on my part to make sure that everybody else is aware and its important for everybody else to know their status as well," she said.

Money raised Saturday will support 30 AIDS Foundation Chicago community partners and programs like Peer to Peer Education that helps people know their status and get care.

To say it was raining at this years AIDS Run Walk Chicago would be, well, an understatement.

WGN's Dean Richards seeing the sunny side of the wet weather as he emceed the opening ceremonies. And where Dean is, entertainment follows, Joseph Morales, the Alexander Hamilton alternate for the Chicago production of "Hamilton," was also in the crowd to support the runners and walkers.

"It's very exciting to be here. I think it's important for us to be out here and support a community that has been so embracing for us," Morales said. "Chicago has welcomed us with open arms and this cause is super important and it's really good to be here."

There's still time to donate to this cause. If you're interested, go to