Fom May 31st to June 6th, over 3,000 people 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, a longtime dream of mine will come true and I’ll be one of them!
During graduate school I served as a case manager for people living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago with an organization called Vital Bridges. The experience fundamentally shifted my understanding of chronic illness, but also of human resilency. I worked alongside my clients to help them secure housing, maintain jobs, and sustain their health, and to do so against all odds: abject poverty, discrimination, gang violence, and countless other traumas. I was consistently in awe of their tenacity but also so grateful that organizations like mine were there to, in fact, provide "vital bridges" for those at the margins of our communities.
Now, having the opportunity to pair an activity that has been such a huge part of my own resiliency over the last ten years - riding my bike alongside dear friends - with raising money for something so close to my heart brings me immeasurable joy.
Your support of my ride means so much to me and I'll carry you each along on every one of those 545 miles!