This year marks my 20h ride! It's hard to believe this, but I started training for CAR 6 in the fall of 1998, and here I am more than 20 years later about to do it again! This June, I will ride my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 545 miles, along with 2500 other participants. This charity means the world to me! I began raising money to assist those living with HIV and Aids in the fall of 1998, originally to honor the memory of my little brother, Gregory Dayton Vogel, who passed away from this disease at the age of 28, on November 14, 1991.
For everything that I've given over the years, I've received so much more from this ride, and because of this, I continue to get on my bike every year! I met Mark, my husband, two weeks before my very first ride, on a training ride to Santa Barbara in May of 1999. The idea for starting a family came from a speech in Anchorage, after surviving the Alaska Vaccine ride in August of 2000, where it rained every day and snowed over the Denali. Hannah and Rebecca are now almost 15 & 17! I've also made some amazing friends from this community and we have a lot of fun on our bikes!
The Los Angeles LGBT Center provides a broad array of services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, welcoming nearly a quarter-million client visits from ethnically diverse youth and adults each year. Through its Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic and on-site pharmacy, the Center offers free and low-cost health, mental health, HIV/AIDS medical care and HIV/STD testing and prevention. The Center also offers legal, social, cultural, and educational services, with unique programs for seniors, families and youth, including a 24-bed transitional living program for homeless youth.
My lofty goal this year is to raise $20,000, $1,000 for every ride that I've participated. Please help me support AIDS/LifeCycle and reach my goal by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.