In 2007, my friend asked me to ride with him in AIDS/LifeCycle. Without even knowing anything about it, I said yes right away. AIDS/LifeCycle is 545 mile bicycle ride that takes 7 days (Whoa!) I looked at it as a physical challenge, largely unaware of what life-saving work was done with the money we raised, or even who benefitted from it.
That first year, while telling people what I was doing and asking them to donate, I heard touching stories of a generation of loved ones lost to a deadly and scary disease. I found out some friends of mine are HIV-positive and directly rely on the services provided from funds that I helped raise. Now, it was personal, and I dedicated myself to fighting HIV/AIDS.
I was a child of the 1980's and early 90's, so while I was aware of something called AIDS, it did not directly affect me at the time that it was worst. Little did I know just HOW MANY in my then- or future sphere of influence would have lost loved ones to it.
The Ride basically changed my life. I experienced the Love Bubble. I met the most wonderful people, folks who would remain lifelong friends. The Ride is the embodiment of people treating each other the way they should. We lauged; we cried; we bonded over tired legs, achy backs, and sore butts. The Ride is difficult - it tests your will power and muscles, but it's oh so glorious at the same time.
In the last twelve years, I have done the AIDS Ride ten times - 2020 will be NUMBER ELEVEN for me. The cause, and the people, and the experience, are all so important to me, that I can't just sit on the sidelines and hope that someone else will do something. I CAN, SO I WILL! Thank You for being a part of this with me.
Please donate as much as you can; you can even split your donation up over months (for example $25 per month for six months might be more affordable than $150 up front). Also, if your employer matches funds, please make that count for me!
Thank you for joining me in this cause!
June 2nd - 8th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them!
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.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?