My bike riding challenges seem to coordinate with election years. I’d like to say its because my activist mentality is overly stimulated during these times (if you are reading this you are familiar with my Facebook posts/rants), but it really has to do with time.
It’s a precious commodity these days. I have plenty of it to devote to my husband (1), kids(2) and pets(5), family, friends(many), chorus, the Buttigieg presidential campaign, home flipping, landscape designing, and some fundraising here and there.
My time is my own. Some people spend their time worrying about losing their health insurance due to an HIV pre-existing condition. Or they expend time trying to stretch money to cover their rent, health insurance payment (which surely went up this year due to the dissolution of pre-existing conditions protections) and/or prescriptions. This is what a lot of people with HIV or HIV related complications face. An ongoing battle with your health should not be complicated by pitting the exact things which are keeping you healthy against one another.
I’m going to help. Again. My back is not as strong at 51 as it was in 1996, 2001, 2016, & 2018 when I rode other rides. My hair is a bit more gray and I’m a little thicker around the middle. The bike clothes don’t fit as nicely as they used to. I am blessed with a comfortable life and so I will keep doing this ride until I don’t have to. On May 31 I ride out of San Francisco again and head the 500+ miles to Los Angeles.
On. My. Bicycle.
I raised almost $9000 in 2016.
In 2018 I raised $23,000.00.
In 2020 I’d like to hit between the 40k and 50k mark.
My team, Hot Wheels, will surpass a collective $1 million this spring for The Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic here in Los Angeles.
The clinic fills in the scary blanks in healthcare, have been doing so for decades, and continually expanding their services and availability to the LGBTQ community and to the general public. They don’t talk about the number of lives they’ve saved, they just keep saving them.
I’m gonna do the hard part. Help me with the important part? The fundraising. Please click on the link below to donate to a familiar and worthy cause. Thank you in advance.