25 year years ago I came out at the tail end of the AIDS crisis. At that point, the LGBT community had been decimated. It was assumed that if you were gay, you died. 25 years later...a lot has changed.
Thanks to the early fighters like Act Up, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Lambda Legal and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, our community became a beacon of hope, survival and perseverance. In San Francisco, the SF AIDS Foundation helped lead the fight and continues to be a leader in HIV prevention, education and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.
This June I will be riding a bike 545 miles over 7 days (May 31 - June 6) from San Francisco to Los Angeles to continue the fight that organizations like the SF AIDS Foundation started so many years ago. I know this is going to be one of the most difficult weeks of my life and I am excited to give back to an organization that has been instrumental in the fight to help end HIV/AIDS.
I will be training every weekend for the next 15 weeks to prepare myself for the journey ahead and to support the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
I’ve committed my time to make sure that I’m ready, and have set a personal goal to raise $5,000 for these organizations. For that, I’m asking you to support me by donating as generously as you possibly can. To the people who rely on these services to survive, every dollar counts. And every dollar brings me closer to being able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Thank you for making this event possible for me and for being the support that I need to cross the finish line on June 6th. Let’s make a difference together!