One more year.
When the 2019 AIDS/LifeCycle arrives, it will be my 7th time as a participant in this amazing event. The first 5 years, I was a rider completing the 545 miles journey back-to-back. Each ride was completed after several months of training, usually starting in September, and hundreds of hours and miles developing the skills, the strength and fortitude to make the journey. For 3 of the 5 rides, I became an official Training Ride Leader, helping to mentor and coach riders in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to successfully train to complete the ride. All of this for one reason, to end HIV/AIDS!
One more ride.
In 2017, I began training for my return to AIDS/LifeCycle and my 6th ride. Having been off the ride for a few years due to work obligations, I knew that I'd have to train extra hard to return and have a successful ride. As the training continued, work demands grew ever more present, eventually turning me from a rider for the 2018 ride to a virtual rider. Even though I wasn't able to be a part of the ride, I continued the fund-raising necessary to support the ride and the fight against HIV/AIDS and raised more than $10,000.00 for 2018.
Only 545 miles.
The derailment of my plans to return to the ride left me frustrated. I'm not one to allow goals to go unachieved and successfully riding my bike from SF to LA another time remains my goal. With that in mind, I'm again making the commitment to return to the ride, as a rider and make the journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, only 545 miles (give or take), all in the fight against HIV/AIDS!
Riders, Roadies and Volunteers from all across the country and from around the world join forces to raise millions of dollars to provide education, prevention, care and treatment as well as help lead the world in the development of programs that help to serve all who are impacted by HIV/AIDS.
For 2019, I even rejoined the ride as a Training Ride Leader, offering coaching and encouragement to new riders, much like what was given to me when I started out as a new rider. I'll do the training. I'll ride the miles. All I ask is for your generous donation to AIDS/LifeCycle. Your support is my encouragement.
- $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.
- $150 helps provide 1,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Services.
- $100 helps provide the travel cost for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients.
- $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 the LA LGBT Center's service sites.
Please join me in the fight and invite others to be a part of the fight against HIV/AIDS!