Thank you for joining me on this journey and supporting this cause!
This year on June 2 - 8, I will join over 3,000 cyclists and volunteers in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and raise funds for the life-saving services offered by the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Last year I completed my first AIDS/LifeCycle after many years of hearing about the Ride from friends. My experience was truly incredible and life-changing! The hundreds of miles I logged during five months of training prepared me well for the physical challenges of the journey. Still, I recall the daunting feeling of flying to San Francisco last June knowing that only my bike waited for me to get me back to Los Angeles! Nothing my friends told me could have prepared me for the week of experiences--some grueling, some exhilarating--that followed.
We are fortunate to live in an era of major medical advances in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Some of my closest friends are HIV-positive, and they live healthy and active lives that few could have imagined 20-30 years ago. While HIV infection rates have declined, there is still much work to be done. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over half of those aged 13-24 living with HIV do not know they are infected. It is also a sad reality that many LGBT youth are rejected by their families, homeless, and/or without a support system. For some of these people, the Los Angeles LGBT Center is a literal lifesaver. The Center offers world-class HIV education, prevention, and treatment services to those most in need, and your support means the world to me.
I was proud to raise over $4,500 last year to support the Center's crucial work. This year my goal is to hit the $5,000 mark! I am so grateful for every donor, every dollar, and every word of encouragement. I'm ready to take on this challenge again and do my small part in making HIV/AIDS history, if not in my lifetime then during my kids' lives. Will you support me by making a donation today?