“I would NOT be in YOUR LIFE if organizations like The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation did not have the necessary funding to continue providing life-saving services to people facing a life living with HIV.” ~Michael Beatty
I need YOU to help me END HIV/AIDS by making a donation toward my personal goal in raising $10,000 dollars.
I seroconverted in 1985 - I was 22 years young
I lost my first friend to HIV in 1984 (Ricky Bolhs)
I lost 90% of my social network by 1994 at the young age of 31
I began working in the HIV/AIDS community in Denver, CO in 1994 where I assisted my community across the country to live and die with dignity. Each day while working tirelessly with thousands of other soldiers, I lived everyday wondering when I would lose my own battle. NO ONE should EVER have to face this level of loss at such a young age in the 21st Century! YOUR Generous donation can help secure a futre where HIV/AIDS no longer exists!
Today - I RIDE TO THRIVE!
Today - I RIDE TO SAVE LIVES!
Today - I RIDE TO ENSURE WE NEVER FORGET!
This will be my 5th year as a rider and my 6th year as an ALC participant. A LOT has happened in my life since I first geared-up and rode 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles back in 2012. I recently had an opportunity to re-invent myself after a successful 22 year career working in my community. Three years ago when I celebrated my 50th birthday, I went back to school and I am now a successful Barber now 2 years and counting. I continue to impact the lives of others in ways that lift and bring smiles to my guests. I am a Day Maker and I sit in gratitude every day that I am healthy and THRIVING. I am among the fortunate who have access to health care and services made available through Federal programs like the Ryan White Care Act and others which allow thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS to THRIVE. I would NOT be in YOUR LIFE if organizations like The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation did not have the necessary funding to continue providing life-saving services to people facing a life living with HIV.
WARNING! These dollars are at RISK! NOW more than ever, fundraising events like AIDS LifeCycle are needed to sustain life saving programs which provide critical services and education. SFAF is the leader in National Public Policy to lobby for saving Federal dollars in a time where D.C. leadership are seriously considering a drastic reduction in life saving monies and even ENDING many programs that would result in losing lives! No matter where you live, your generous donation does and will impact the lives across the United States.
Please be part of the change YOU wish to see in your world.....my world. Be part of the solution and give today. Some may think I just don't have much to contribute others may want to give more. You can give as little as $10 and as much as $1,000 or more!
Each year I support a fellow rider by choosing an amount that I may feel out of reach, I make this happen by spreading out my donation in monthly installments, automatically withdrawn from my bank account. Each month, I'm reminded of the lives I've impacted when I receive my notice of payment. It's a much better feeling than the notice of payment toward a bill! So, please just say yes to ENDING HIV/AIDS and support my fundraising efforts as I ride to THRIVE and to
Today, I fight to end this pandemic by riding for 7 days, 545 miles along with a record number of riders (Estimated 2,500 cyclists) and over 500 volunteer Roadies, from San Francisco to Los Angels. As one of the thousands of riders, I need YOU to help us END HIV/AIDS by making a donation toward my personal goal in raising $10,000 dollars. This year, as a Southern California resident, living in Palm Springs, CA, my fundraising efforts will help support the Los Angeles LGBT Center, a leader in battling AIDS and caring for those who are HIV-infected since the early days of the pandemic.(http://www.aidslifecycle.org/beneficiaries/laglc-2.html)
Today, I am living proof that your generous donations REALLY do work! I am ALIVE and living a dream as a BARBER (CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?) in Palm Springs California, because of the selfless contributions by thousands of loving donors, LIKE YOU, who give when asked by friends and family over the last 3-decades to be part of this battle to END HIV/AIDS. And, we are closer today than EVER before. So, PLEASE, give what you can and know your contribution really does save the lives of people you know and love. HELP me reach my goal of just $10,000, thank you.
Please visit this amazing video to learn more about Life on the Ride.
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With all my love,
Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away