Why am I doing this ride....again?
I have too many friends affected with HIV/AIDS and I can't take a year off to be "selfish." Selfish is not in my nature, but service is. So I signed up on 01/02/2020 and I am here to raise money and join my friends again on the road to LA in May 2020! I am late to the party, so I NEED YOUR HELP to raise the minimum $3k in order to ride!
I have committed myself to 10 years of riding in AIDS Lifecycle - I figured that's my body's committment and I am more than halfway there and riding 545 miles is NOT easy! 2020 will be my 6th year riding, 7th year committed (injury in May 2015). My goal for 2020 is to support the back of the pack, and "gift that lift on the saddle"...you know what I mean if you're a veteran rider...
For 2020, for EVERY $1,000 raised, I will repeat and do QUADBUSTER (on Day 3, 1.5 mile climb of 2,000 feet elevation) that many times. Eg, raise $5k, do Quadbuster 5x. Help me with this challenge! I did Quadbuster 2x in 2018; In 2019, Quadbuster 3x...before I got a heat-triggered flat on my 4th time ascending...and the Caboose was on my tail (the end of day ride trail/monitor, where if you're caught by the Caboose, you're done and sagged for the day). What will it be in 2020???
We have lost an entire generation to HIV/AIDS. Today, we are losing young people's mind's about not being educated about the disease.
I love my supporters, my repeat donors, my team, my fellow riders, the roadies, and the organization. Will you please help me continue for 2020?
2014 - $5,770
2016 - $7,850
2017 - $5,700
2018 - $7,460
2019 - $7,800
I am riding for those we have lost, are afflicted, those around me who are affected by this disease, and those who cannot ride. Most of all, I am riding to inspire awareness in my friends and family. I have committed myself to 10 years of ALC or when we do not have to ride because a cure is found.
THANK YOU FOR READING THIS and your support!
When you see me, please yell out "HEY Panda Bear!" Rider #4451!
-danette. aka "dd"
aka "Mama Seal"
aka "Panda Bear"
aka "Mama Bear"
Left Magazine May 2017 featured me in a photo shoot and article about AIDS Lifecycle