Like many, many people, I have lost hundreds of friends and patients, and know that we are all affected by HIV/Aids in our communities. I have been fortunate enough to have survived the epidemic, but have suffered the mental anquish that was bestowed upon us .......from the very beginning. I started dental school in 1983, and one of my first lectures was from a pathologist who spoke of a rare and unusual disease that was just being documented. At that point, I believe he stated there were less than 50 cases of this "unknown" disease, but I can hear his voice today saying "This disease has the potential to be the next plague and affect humanity. This disease is serious and could wreck the world. If it infects enough people, the financial burden alone will bankrupt our nation, if not the world". He showed slides of the first know cases, which obviously were horrifying.
The intensity at which the he spoke burned into my memory. Little did we know what we all were about to face. Little did I know how it would affect my life, and my career. Dentists, in general, were scared to death about exposure. Being young, a new dentist, was quite a combination for a 24 year old to deal with. Today, I can still recount the fear I had, and the horror I saw in my patients that I treated and many of my friends. I am riding for the heros that made it through, and the unfortunate people who lost their lives. I hope that my contribution can help with HIV/AIDS agencies in California, and education/medication to eradicate this disease.
June 3rd - June 9th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I'll be one of them!
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
We're working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today? With love, Todd