Thank you for joining me in this cause!
The TogetheRide will help raise money for those living with HIV/AIDS. I ask for your encouragement and support, and even more so, I wanted to let all of you know why I'm raising money.
I'm raising money to honor four individuals who have had an impact on my life but were taken away too soon by this epidemic: Richard Avalos, my older brother, and John "Jack" Rohlfing, his life long partner. Both were diagnosed in the early '80's; Richard passed away in 2000 and Jack in 2003. Gary Kuns, my fraternity pledge brother at Cal Poly, and Ricky Martinez, one of my best friends from high school. Gary passed away in 2004 and Ricky in 2005.
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
My goal is to raise $5,000 by Cinco de Mayo--1st goal is $2,500 by 3/15/21 and $5,000 by 5/5/21.
We're working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?
$10,000 helps provide counseling services for more than 250 clients.
$5,000 helps keep the HIV testing RV rolling for one year.
$2,500 helps four HIV-positive people receive stable housing for one month.
$1,000 helps provide two Community Education Forums where 150 individuals can learn more about HIV.
$250 helps provide ten rapid HIV antibody tests at a testing site.
$175 helps provide case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless.
$100 helps provide the travel cost for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients, provide moral support, and help clients advocate for themselves.
$25 helps a financial benefits counselor assist one person in navigating the private and public benefits systems.
$10 helps provide 143 condoms to the SFAF and LA LGBT Center's service sites.