JUNE 2-9, 2019 • This coming June I will be riding my bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for HIV and AIDS treatment and prevention programs. This trek is 545 miles! Yes, 545 miles on a bicycle!
I will be joining an amazing community of 3,000 other cyclists and dedicated volunteers on this epic journey. The funds raised from this event provide critical care for thousands of patients and supports vital community outreach services that increase awareness of HIV, provide free STI testing and counseling services and help to decrease the stigma associated with being HIV positive. In addition to treatment and prevention programs, the money raised by this ride supports research and clinical trials. The outcomes of the clinical research help to develop new treatments and to set best practices throughout California, the entire United States and even globally. This year will be my eighth consecutive year participating in this event.
I ride to give back to my community, I ride to be part of something bigger than me, I ride to prove to myself and to everyone that HIV does not define me. 21 years ago, in October of 1997 I was diagnosed as being HIV positive. This was a very difficult time for me! I felt tainted. I felt like I was going to die, so why go back to school? Why continue to claw my way out of extreme debt, why continue my relationship with my partner. Nobody will want me, nobody is going to want to be associated with me. If anyone at work found out, I would lose my job? Of course, none of these things were true. 21 years later, I am married to a wonderful man, I completed my degree, I have a fantastic career, I am debt free except for mortgage and car payment and I am proud to have many people that I consider friends. Participating in this event has helped me personally by giving me the courage to stand up and say, I am HIV positive, I am strong, I am healthy, and I can do anything that seronegative people can do! I am lucky to have a fantastic job that has excellent health benefits. However, not everyone who is HIV positive is so lucky. Please help me to help people who are suffering from HIV and AIDS.
Donate to the AIDS/LifeCycle on my behalf. You can make a difference that will change someone’s life! AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and Los Angeles LGBT Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law