16th Anniversary: This will be the 16th year I've participated in AIDS/LifeCycle!!
What a crazy time in history. The world is battling an unbelievable pandemic. COVID has left its mark, but what so many have forgotten is that we were already battling a pandemic.......in it's 30th year. HIV/AIDS rages on in many parts of our society. Millions are still infected world wide. People are struggling to live and work.......and the danger COVID represents to those of us with compromised immune systems is very real.
The struggle of living with HIV didn't go away with COVID, it became even harder. So the funds we raise via AIDS/LifeCycle are now more important than ever........and at a time where we are all financially strapped.
Fortunately, there are many among us like me who were able to continue working from home and in a way became the "financial stability" on which so many around us who are struggling depend.
So I'm reaching out to the fortunate, those who have been blessed during a year of great hardship, and asking you dig deep and help out those in our community who have the addition challenge of managing their HIV.
15 years.......over 30,000 miles ridden .... and over $75,000 YOU have help me raise for this cause!
PLEASE HELP: I'm hoping to raise $5,000 in my 16th year!
I am truly humbled and honored to be part of group of cyclists nationwide and around the world using a bicycle to make a difference: Desert Roadrunners, Positive Pedalers (www.pospeds.org), Chain Gang, Payasos, Shifting Gears and all the other teams that have included me in their family -- THANK YOU. You bring me such joy!
Yet, the disease is still with us.......the stigma of HIV remains very prevalent. Many in the HIV community are still reluctant to talk about it.
Those in the HIV/AIDS struggle daily in maintaining their health & getting reasonbly-priced health services. New infections are still alarmingly present in communities all over the US. Those becomming HIV+ are constantly saying "we didn't know, we didn't realize, we don't care, no one told us, we thought it was a manageable disease!"
Any disease that costs a patient $25,000 a year is certainly not "manageable".
This is why AIDS Lifecycle is SO important! The money raised is used for education, prevention, testing, health services & so much more. AIDS Lifecycle, the world's largest HIV/AIDS cycling fundraiser, is on the forefront of teaching & showing people worldwide that there's work to do. And we can have fun doing it!
I am also a Training Ride Leader (TRL) for AIDS Lifecycle (my 13th year), helping newbies and veterans alike become better, safer, stronger cyclists! ALC takes enormous pride in their completely unparalleled safety record!
And I'm also a proud member of the Positive Pedalers, a national cycling organization comprised of HIV+ & HIV- cyclists and their supporters striving to eliminate the stigma of HIV through our positive public example. After serving on the Board of Directors for 6 years (2 as President), it's still an incredible honor to be able so serve this life-changing organization! www.pospeds.org
There are hundreds of you that have faithfully supported my efforts all these years -- THANK YOU! You've helped me raise over $75,000 in the past 15 years. You've gotta take a bow because that is extraordinary -- something to be very proud of. I truly owe my ability to keep making wonderful changes in our community through your support.
I'm hoping to hit that amazing $5,000 support mark by end of May! Amazingly, you've help me hit this goal for 15 straight years! Can you believe it?! :) I'm humbled. And folks in desparate need of assistance are helped. Lessons are taught. Lives are changed!
Can we do it? YES WE CAN!!!!
From now until mid-June 2021, I'm bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. And due to COVID, our normal 7-day, 550-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June is being done differently.......and it's called The Together Ride. And while our ability to physically ride together is limited, only by all of us joining Together can we hope to preserve those precious services so desperately needed to help those suffering from our 30 year pandemic.
We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
"Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because [that is] the only way to make it appear like a normal illness......... One of the things destroying people with AIDS is the stigma we attach to it." -- Nelson Mandela, following the death of his son from AIDS in 2005