Starting on June 3rd to June 10th, for the FOURTEENTH time, I am participating in the AIDS Lifecycle, 545 miles in a week from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I thought last year was going to be my last year on the ride but as the old Texas saying goes: “Coat your words with honey because one day you may have to eat them.”
I strongly believe in the good that comes from the LifeCycle and have eagerly supported it. This is my thirteenth year as a LifeCycle training ride leader and it warms my heart to see riders develop confidence in their riding, biking skills, and attitudes about cycling. I am on the Board of Directors for The Positive Pedalers (PosPeds), one of the largest groups to participate in the event. Rides with the Pozzies have become a way for me to pay back all the wonderful people that held my hand on my first ride and it gives me a chance to contribute, play, and have fun.
My retirement approaches and I never thought I would see my 40th, much less my 65th birthday. So many of my dear friends are not with us and many of my friends who are here would not be here except for the miracle of drugs and services provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. I never want to see younger generations go through the plague that we experienced and want to provide lifesaving services and programs to people living with HIV.
This year’s ride for me is deeply personal, it is about honoring friends and loved ones and having their spirit with me throughout the ride. I am riding to support AIDS LifeCycle and the thousands of individuals who receive support from the LifeCycle. My intention is to open my heart and give back to the community by doing something very simple: supporting others to do the same.
I have made a commitment to raise $3000 that will help end HIV. Please consider donating to the LifeCycle and sponsoring me. I can suggest the following as a guide for donation:
$545 The number of miles I’ll ride to LA and can help 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance.
$250 Provide ten rapid HIV Antibody tests at Strut, Mobile Testing, or other SFAF sites.
$109 The number of miles on the longest day of the ride and can help provide the travel cost of a Stop AIDS Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients, providing moral support to help the clients advocate for themselves
$25 Can help a Financial Benefits counselor to assist one person in navigating the private and public benefits systems, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, short-term disability, and Social Security.
I am grateful for all donations – all pledges large and small show generosity, concern and compassion for those with HIV/AIDS.
This fight will never be over until AIDS is a thing of the past. Please support my endeavor.
Buz and Pearl