Thousands of people participated in Sunday's 24th Annual AIDS Walk Miami.

The walk was a 5K (3.1 miles) walk-a-thon fundraiser benefiting Care Resource and Food for Life Network.

All funds raised from AIDS Walk Miami are used in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to help the diverse communities in need.

HIV care and treatment is becoming increasingly effective today, but new HIV infection rates in Miami-Dade and Broward still rank among the highest in the nation.

With recent cuts in federal funding, many people living with HIV/AIDS in the community simply can not afford medical care and treatment and need help.

AIDS Walk Miami is one of the oldest and largest AIDS walks in the country.

This annual fundraiser helps make it possible for Care Resource to: serve over 18,000 client encounters, deliver 40,000+ meals to home-bound clients and perform 12,000+ HIV and STD screenings.

The walk started Sunday April 22 outside the Miami Beach Convention Center and ended at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.

Local 10 meteorologist Scott Padgett was the Master of Ceremonies and Good Morning America's Sam Champion was the Grand Marshal.