Thank you for joining me in this cause!
For the fifth time, I am mounting my bike to do good. I am aiming to raise funds to support the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Come fight this epic battle with me! All the butt butter in the world won't help me fight AIDS and HIV without your help. I am asking for the support of friends, family members, and compassionate strangers in my quest through horrendous Los Angeles County traffic, miles of treacherous pothole-laden terrain, and as I conquer the infamous Quad-Buster and slay the Evil Twins.
Five years ago, I had done the ride for the second time because I just fell in love with the community and couldn't get enough of the Love Bubble. We finished on a particularly rainy day--June 12. Shortly after the ride and triumph, we were faced with the news of the Pulse nightclub attack. The fact that people react so violently to others' love just tears my heart up. The events of June 12, 2016 highlight that there is still so much misunderstanding, fear and hate in this world.
I continue to do this ride to promote and defend understanding, compassion, and love.
I ride for love.
Here is a list of what various sums of money can help contribute to according to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF):
$50,000 can help a substance use counselor see 40 clients a year for harm reduction counseling, which integrates substance use, mental health, and HIV prevention and education.
$25,000 can help a half-time peer advocate see 50 clients for a year enabling them get to their doctor appointments and assisting them with daily living activities.
$15,000 can help 120 Magnet clients receive sexual health services, including HIV and STD tests, treatment, education and counseling.
$10,000 can help us provide substance use counseling services for more than 250 clients in one month.
$7,500 can help provide a nurse for one month to administer STI screenings and treatments to 100 Magnet clients.
$5,000 can help keep our mobile testing unit rolling for one year so that 2,400 gay, bi and transmen can be tested and counseled.
$2,500 can help four HIV-positive people receive safe and stable housing situations for one month.
$1,000 can help provide two Positive Force community forums where 150 men can learn more about HIV and how to live better and longer with HIV.
$500 can help 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance.
$250 can help provide ten Rapid HIV Antibody test to test ten people at Magnet, and other foundation sites.
$175 can help provide case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness.
$150 can help provide 1,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Service.
$100 can help provide the travel cost for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients, providing moral support and to help clients advocate for themselves.
$25 can help a Financial Benefits counselor to assist one person in navigating the private and public benefits systems, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, short-term disability, and Social Security.
$10 can help provide 143 condoms to our clients at all of our service sites.