The 2020 Aids LifeCycle
Thousands are preparing for May the 31st - June 6th 2020, I have the honor to be participating in the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride, It is a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to support the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation, as well as the Los Angeles GLBT Center. This bike ride means the world to those who receive treatment as a result of this event, and your support means the world to me.
This will be my 6th year on the incredibly dedicated Moto Safety team. What we do is ride along side of the bicyclists working with staff to help protect and provide safe passage of the riders during each day's route, assisting at difficult intersections and other locations to ensure safety for all. We are all volunteers, and love what we do, Please help us to help them.
This ride consists of anywhere from 2000 to 3000 riders, and I will guess over 500 volunteers, that move the camp grounds, do medical, set up and serve 3 meals a day, clean up, check in, and check out the bicycles, run the route to see if anyone has broken down. luggage, security, lost & found, the list just goes on and on. Think about what goes into basically moving a city from one place to another. It is a massive undertaking. The sea of tents is a sight to behold. Personally there are days when I am rolling up my tent at 5:30 am and setting it back up again at 6pm. This ride is huge.
On a personal note. I am old enough to remember the outbreak, when AIDS swept through New York City like a tidal wave. I remember visiting friends at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and coming back a few days later to see an empty bed, only to find out they had passed away. Nurses so petrified that they would leave meals on the trays outside the doors in the hall. I remember helping to clean out a friend’s apartment on 20th St. and his answering machine was blinking, and the bed was unmade like he was just there, which he was, but had died in the hospital in a matter of days, packing away memories that his family don't want or was afraid to touch. I remember my own husband who was my world, taking his last breath, and dying in my arms, and the suffering he was in leading up to that. I cannot count how many lives that I have known that AIDS that has taken, also what it has done to those left behind. I am very happy that today AIDS is not the death sentence it once was, we have come so far. Now we’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. We are getting closer to seeing an end to this than I ever thought I would see in my lifetime. Will you support me by making a donation today?
When I think about this event I smile, when I reflect on it, I cry. Do yourself a favor, If you feel you need a change in your life get involved with this ride, and it will change you forever. Volunteer, and be a part of something that is much greater than yourself. I know it seems like all I do is ask you for charity money, but this is really important. My first year on this ride, on the first day, I will never forget the moment. I was riding to my appointed stop, I remember seeing people on the sidewalk’s, and on front yards holding up signs of support, and pictures of those they had lost, the cries of support, then at a Church where people were praying, and I looked at these amazing people on their bicycles riding, and letting nothing stop them. I had to pull over on a side street, and I broke down crying. This tough as nails jaded New Yorker, head to toe in leather, on a Harley, crying like a child must have been a sight. That first ride really helped me sort through things that I have not dealt with up until then, and every ride after is a similar growth experience. I am riding in the hope that someday soon we can ride for another reason.
Please support the ALC ride, it's a tax deduct-able donation. Tax ID information is below.
My Participant number is 8065