Dearest Friends, Greetings from the front lines!
As I sit here at my office having put in continued long days of telemedicine and swabbing people with symptoms for Covid, I feel so very grateful for my community, and proud to be able to help everyone struggle through in the midst of this pandemic. Now, more than any other time in the past 15-20 years, I find myself reflecting on how truly fragile people living with HIV and AIDS have felt all these years, much less in the face of a new pathogen. Many are facing job loss, loneliness, challenging access to food and services, as well as fractured medical care and medication access.
It will be no surprise to any of you that I have signed up, yet again in 2021, to do a VIRTUAL AIDS Lifecycle (the actual event has of course been re-imagined) now renamed the TOGETHER RIDE. Thankfully, since this year’s event is also virtual, I will be logging miles with Caroline my wife (who has also done the 545 mile ride with me in the past, 3 times) and our 11 year old boys, Skylar and Bodhi. For the fun of it we will log mountain biking and skiing miles from June 2020 (the end of the last ride) to June 2021 (this year’s event) During the covid lockdown we have been blessed to log thousands of miles on bikes and skis in Tahoe, Mammoth, and the Bay Area. I know that in a few years, at most, the boys will be crushing us! Please follow our progress on the Together Ride website.
I know it’s a challenging time to ask for donations, and if you are not struggling yourself, would you please join me in supporting those who are! I also want to pledge to continue to work tirelessly and hopefully PREVENT 545 (or more) HIV infections with my national and global work, and strive to make at least 545 people feel less stressed about the effects of Covid on their lives! 545 is the usual number of miles we ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and now we must re-imagine goals. Our family goal for miles riden/skied this year is 4000, ambitious yet possible!
At this time, more than any in our lifetimes, we can do simple things to reach out and help our community. ANY donation you make will help the HIV care and prevention community here in San Francisco, so please, even if it’s just a small donation, follow the link and help support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
With Gratitude and Strength!
Lisa, Caroline, Skylar and Bodhi