A candlelight vigil to remember those who have lost their lives to HIV/Aids and to offer hope to those living with the disease will take place tonight...
Chris Partis of Summit County Public Health says they hope to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS.
"We are seeing people living longer and productive lives, but again the key is early diagnosis and being tested if there is any potential that you may have been affected," says Partis.
Partis says that over 1100 residents have been diagnosed with HIV infection since the disease was first detected thirty years ago in 1981.
The park is named after a local artist who died from AIDS in the 1980's.
"In the short time that he had left he really devoted himself to awareness trying to make people aware that this was a killer disease that was out there," says Partis.
The vigil will start at 7 p.m. at Gordon Young Park in downtown Akron on the corner of South main and Cedar streets.