This year will be my last time participating in the AIDS/Lifecycle ride - a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for HIV/AIDS programs and research at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The first two years I participated as a bike rider, this year I will be participating as a roadie. A roadie volunteers their time along the route, working long hours to make sure everything is prepared for the riders coming in and out of camp each day.
Never did I imagine myself riding a bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles and in 2016, I did just that. It was a beautiful experience and a personal challenge that I am proud of accomplishing. The experience was one of a kind and putting it into words would never give it justice. The riders I met along the way were supportive and encouraging. The volunteers were like Angels, there every step of the way. I did it again, in 2017 and the experience was just as amazing as my first year.
The money raised will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. These agencies are two of the top HIV/AIDS research, and service agencies and the funds raised are vital to continuing the necessary research that is needed to get us to zero new infections. They provide life-saving counseling, education, and testing services as well as access to medication.
Most importantly, these funds help provide access to care for individuals who are newly diagnosed or living with HIV.
I’d like to thank those who have been there for me along the way. Please know that your support meant, and continues to mean the world to me.
A special shout out to my team, The Bearded Ladies. Thank you for taking me in and showing me the love of teamwork. You’ve always made me feel part of the team no matter the distance and no matter the circumstances. Thank you!
Remember that no donation is too small and every little bit helps. All donations are used to fund HIV/AIDS services for the individuals who need them most, and bring us all one step closer to ending HIV/AIDS!