New York rower Victor Mooney recently docked at the Charleston City Marina after rowing across the Atlantic to help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

Mooney spent the Fourth of July holiday in the city before embarking for New York’s Brooklyn Bridge to complete his journey, according to a news release from the marina.

Mooney made the 5,000 mile trip to honor those who have died from AIDS, including his brother, the release said. He also aimed to encourage others to get tested for HIV.

Mooney made four attempts in the last 10 years to complete the trip, which began on the coast of Africa. He faced an 80-pound weight loss, shark attack, sleep deprivation and a piracy attack, the release said.

“I hope in my life time, we will find a cure for AIDS. Until then, HIV testing should be encourage to slow down this epidemic”, said Mooney is quoted in the release as saying.

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