It's almost time for another AIDS/LifeCycle ride! I had no idea, 9 years ago, when I'd first entertained the idea of cycling from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money to fight HIV/AIDS, how much of an impact this event would have on my life, nor how much of an impact my participation would have.
I've made this trip 9 times over the past 9 years. This has amounted to nearly 5000 miles of cycling, 62 nights sleeping in a tent, 18 transcontinental flights, and over $30,000 in funds raised, which have impacted many lives in ways that I will never fully know. The money that I've helped raise over the past 9 years has meant medication, support, and perhaps most importantly of all, hope for those who needed it most.
The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center have been leading the way in the fight against HIV/AIDS since the crisis first reared its ugly head in the early 80's, and they continue to be pioneers as the way we treat and educate against the epidemic evolves. Thanks to these two organizations, we now have the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, a blue print for how to end HIV/AIDS for good, based on case studies funded through this ride.
So I ask that you'll continue to support my endeavor to do my part in this fight. We've made so much progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS just in the last decade, and with your donations, we can continue the fight until HIV/AIDS is something we'll only know through history books.
Here's to trip number 10!