Special to The Collegian

Ricky Lanza was the long time president of the AIDS Task Force. Lanza was diagnosed with HIV, and ever since has done his best to lead the fight against AIDS/HIV in Lorain County.

Lanza was known for going the extra mile for his community members who were fighting HIV and AIDS, whether that was going to doctor’s appointments with them, picking up household needs, making sure they had food, or just being there for support.

Unfortunately, Lanza passed away fighting AIDS. In honor of his memory, the BIOG 156 class, with the American Society for Microbiology’s student chapter, will be hosting the Ricky Lanza Extravaganza in the College Center on April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lorain County Health and Dentistry will be available for free HIV testing, and there will be plenty of dancing to help “Dance the AIDS Away”.

Baked goods will be offered for any donations made. If there are any questions, please contact Dr. Harry Kestler at hkestler@lorainccc.edu.