MY 11th RIDE FIGHTING HIV/AIDS... JOIN ME!
I will once again ride my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The AIDS/Lifecycle ride means the world to those who receive education, HIV testing, treatment and support as a result of this event, and your support means a great deal! This will be my 11th ride and am hoping to make this the best ride yet.
In addition to medications and medical support, we must still provide counseling and education for HIV/AIDS-affected individuals and families, some of it culturally-specific. A generation grew up not knowing the horror of the AIDS pandemic when every diagnosis was a death sentence. Because many with HIV can now live long lives with modern drug therapies, which is wonderful, does not mean we are home free. There are over 1 million Americans with HIV today, many with issues related to homeless, addiction, mental health, and unemployment. Nearly 1/4 of them are unaware of their HIV status, so testing is critical. Over 30 million people worldwide live with HIV/AIDS, often where support and drug therapies are unavailable to them.
Maybe HIV/AIDS has not touched your life directly, but if you would like to donate in honor or in memory of someone else facing life challenges. Please do. I ride with many names in my heart. I would be honored to ride for anyone that you carry in your heart. Tell me their names and I will carry them with me from San Francisco to LA!
I am excited to see how far I can push my fundraising this year and I hope to gain support from everyone who can! Thank you for your support! Don't forget corporate matching from your employer.