The first week of June 2019, Tanner Palmer will be participating in the 545 mile AIDS/LifeCycle with approximately 3,000 people from San Francisco to Los Angeles. To that end, I am raising funds. These gracious funds will benefit a local non-profit organizations that have world renown programs which create a better quality of life for HIV/AIDS patients.
HIV/AIDS is a world-wide pandemic which affects several million people. I am participating to end AIDS. The ALC is more than a bike ride for me. It is a celebration of life of love, of happiness, of laughter and of perseverance.
In raising these funds, I offer the gift of hope and a greater quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS right here in the United States. Far too many of us fail to realize that there are thousands and thousands of American citizens living with HIV/AIDS today right here at home. We must help them! My endeavor to make a difference, for humanity. I am driven do what I can with the means that I have and ask you for your help too.
On this epic journey of the AIDS/LifeCycle, I experience what heaven must be like. Are we all singing on a cloud with harps? No. There is work to be done! As volunteers, we are all are anxiously engaged in something that is far greater than ourselves. On this charitable bike ride, people are kind to one another. Random hugs take place regularly. Words of encouragement are shared, strong bonds are formed and miracles happen daily. As we move down the Golden State of California like a giant migrating city, our hearts and minds are focused on one cause. We embody love, charity and kindness. It is indeed like heaven, with a great work ahead of us but with all the love and power necessary to accomplish the task.
"Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save." (T.S. Monson)
Will you believe in me enough to help me as I help others?