I'm Riding my Bicycle to End AIDS
From June 2 to June 8, 2019, I will, for the fourth time, be on the AIDS/LifeCycle ride! It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.
I'd wanted to ride in this for many years - well before I even got a bicycle. In 2012 I finally bought a bike, and signed up for AIDS/Lifecycle for the first time the following year. I was so impressed with the ride, and learned so much about how valuable the cause is, that I immediately signed up for the next year. The following year I decided to give back to the wonderful community of volunteers who supported me riding the previous two years, and volunteered as a roadie. Whew, roadie-ing was hard work! I took the last two years off, and have decided that next year, I will ride again.
Why I Ride
As an engineer, I've always loved (and striven for) the idea that human creativity can take something and make it better. To me, the bicycle is one of human kind's greatest inventions: Using the same energy as walking or running, we can travel faster and further. I love the feeling of freedom, the peace, the challenge, and the exercise that a bicycle gives me.
Every year, through volunteer-run organized training rides, AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) helps many hundreds of people become comfortable enough with cycling, and fit enough, to ride this challenging ride. The beauty of the ALC invention is that through improving the health of its participants, it can also be the single largest source of funding for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. ALC exists to raise funds for the prevention of, and treatment and care of people impacted by, one of the most brutal diseases humans have faced.
Often I feel overwhelmed with the problems in the world. One of the things I love about ALC is it allows me to do something concrete to make this corner of the world a slightly better place. Every year, this ride raises millions of dollars for this cause.
I feel very privileged to be able to join the ride this year, and hope that you will be able to sponsor me.
The funds I raise will enable the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center help those impacted by HIV get the treatment and care they need, and provide targeted prevention efforts for high risk populations.
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.