Founder / President
Mr. Brent Nicholson Earle
In the Beginning
The American Run for the End of AIDS, Inc. (AREA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, all-volunteer AIDS awareness, advocacy and education organization working at the grassroots level of AIDS activism. On March 1, 1986, AREA launched its first major fundraising and consciousness-raising event called The American Run for the End of AIDS.
Brent Nicholson Earle, AREA’s founder, ran more than 9,000 miles around the perimeter of the United States, finishing his Run on October 31, 1987. Throughout the 20 months of the Run, Nicholson Earle and his mother, Marion Nicholson, brought word of the need for education, compassion and support to a country still deeply in denial about AIDS. Through fundraising events inspired by the run’s arrival in cities and towns around America, AREA helped to raise over $300,000 for AIDS education and relief in those communities.
Our Mission Statement
The American Run for the End of AIDS (AREA) is an all-volunteer AIDS awareness, advocacy and education organization working at the grassroots level of AIDS activism in an urban environment. From our founding event in 1986-87, our mission has always been to provide a message of concern and compassion, of commitment to working together for an end of AIDS, a message of hope and belief that ordinary people can make extraordinary differences.
AREA networks with other groups and individuals, sharing information and resources and offering support. Our purpose, first and foremost, is to help prevent any further HIV transmissions and AIDS deaths by advocating for AIDS issues and by creating opportunities for raising the levels of awareness, activism and volunteerism among our fellow citizens, as well as among our leaders in all areas of government, business, the arts, and religion. We are also dedicated to archiving the battle against AIDS and remembering those who have been lost, because we believe that history is one of our most powerful and effective tools for AIDS education and prevention.