On June 2, 2019 I’ll hop on my bike and for the EIGHTH time for AIDS/LifeCycle, joining over 3000 cyclists, roadies and virtual cyclists on a 545 mile bike ride down the coast of California to support the life-saving services of Los Angeles LGBT Center.
I'll be returning in my role as co-captain of Trudging Buddies, the team of riders and roadies in long-term recovery from the disease of alcoholism and addiction. Last year we passed ONE MILLION DOLLARS raised for AIDS/LifeCycle since our founding. I'm so grateful to be given the opportunity to lead this team again this year. Every participant in AIDS/LifeCycle is a hero and performs a life-saving service toward bringing about the end of HIV/AIDS, but this group of survivors do it having already fought a battle for our own lives against alcohol or drugs. We inspire people in the recovery community to dream BIG.
Please check out this video and learn even more about why being a part of Trudging Buddies means so much to me - https://goo.gl/tWYiAS
This year, I really want to inspire my team to dream even bigger, so I’m setting a personal target of $10,000 - WILL YOU HELP ME REACH MY GOAL?
$50 allows for the purchase and distribution of 550 condoms
$100 enables prevention counseling for 12 clients
$150 provides comprehensive HIV/STD testing to 1 client
$500 purchases a full year of medical supplies for 20 patients
$1,000 provides substance abuse counseling services for 25 clients or funds one client receiving Post Exposure Prophylaxis
In my first year on the ride, I hadn’t trained nearly hard enough. On Day 4, we scale the “Evil Twins,” a set of gargantuan mountains that I wasn’t nearly prepared for. Halfway up the second hill, I ran out of steam. Barely able to keep moving forward and close to falling off my bike, I thought I couldn’t do it and might need to get off and wait for a “sweep” vehicle to come take me to the next rest stop. At that moment, I pictured all of the people I love who have been living with HIV/AIDS. As I saw their faces, I knew they didn’t get to take a break from HIV and that if they could handle that, I had to keep pedaling up that hill. Something pushed me up the hill that day - it was the support and love of everyone who donated and supported me throughout the journey.
We live in a time when healthcare is in great peril and our Vice-President supports taking dollars away from HIV treatment and prevention to fund “conversion therapy” for LGBT people. Los Angeles LGBT Center needs us now more than ever, and I hope you’ll give generously. Will you help all of us reach the top of the hill...a day when HIV/AIDS is no more...by making a donation today?