I first participated in AIDS/LifeCycle in 2010 and have been fundraising for this important event ever since!
This is how I honor those friends who have left us, their lives shortened by AIDS.
Our usual 545-mile, 7-day bicycle trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 and has been cancelled again for this year.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic our community has had to make drastic change in the way we interact with our friends, family and the community!
This year between now and June I will ride at least 300 miles to help raise awareness of the horrid disease that persists around the world!
I also ride for Mary Vencill, who passed from cancer in 2017. Mary was the Training Ride Leader who helped to train me for my first ALC ride to L.A. in 2011. I became a Training Ride Leader in 2012 and worked with Mary to train and lead rides. She was very instrumental in my life and many others!
Your donation to this event helps provide many essential services for prevention and care. While government funding sometimes provides the bulk of the resources to deliver vital services, private support like yours bridges the gap (up to 30%) and provides the resources to expand critical services beyond current government funding limitations and fully serve those in need. Services such as:
● harm reduction counseling, which integrates substance use, mental health, and HIV prevention and education counseling;
● peer advocates, who help clients get to their doctor appointments and assist them with daily living activities;
● HIV and STD tests, treatment, education and counseling, condom distribution, needle exchange, drug abuse counseling;
● financial benefits counseling to assist in navigating the private and public benefits systems such as Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, short-term disability, and Social Security;
HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts people of color; the greatest number of new HIV infections (42%) occur in bi and gay young black/African American and Latino men aged 13–24. In fact, young black and Latino men account for 55% of new HIV infections among young men overall. The third group affected as disproportionately is heterosexual black women, accounting for 13% of new HIV infections.
It’s a tax-deductible donation and any amount is a great donation. If you prefer, you can spread your donation across multiple months by using a credit card. Corporate matching gifts can double the amount of your donation!