In June of 2014, I was lucky enough to watch a great friend of mine cross the finish line at ALC 2014. I thought he was ludicrous for doing such a thing, however, seeing message and purpose of the ride, along with the comraderie he shared with his fellow cyclist- I was inspired. So inspired, that I went on to join the team, and become one of 'those ludicrous people'. I've never turned back.
ALC 2019 will be my 4th time doing the ride. That means I've logged over 2000 miles, with training and on the ride itself, since 2015. These miles were only made possible because of your generosity and will to help your neighbors. As the 2019 training season officially begins, I am here imploring you to consider another donation for this amazing campaign.
The ride, organized by the SF AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center, seeks to (among other things) find a cure for HIV/AIDS and to end stigma that for so long was tied to HIV/AIDS. I’m riding in honor of the many who came before me- those who fought the hard fight. I’m riding with, and for, those who continue to fight.
AIDS LifeCycle has raised MILLIONS of dollars that went to the frontline of the fight against HIV/AIDS- a fight that recently saw a dramatic shift in the number of transmissions, as well as the quality of treatment and control. People are now living full, vibrant lives full of LOVE. The same love that is shared among cyclists, roadies, and the many communities that ALC journeys through.
Knowing is half the battle- and the other half is in the action. This year, I've committed to raising $5000- which is no small feat, but I believe that we can get there. I will ride the miles, if you donate to the cause.
Today, and everyday, I am ever grateful for being able to be a part of such a wonderful cause. Thank you for being the reason why I am allowed to do so.