AIDS LifeCycle 2019 was a life changing experience. I rode every single mile of the way from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Some days, I had the time of my life - highlights include the Strawberry ladies, Santa Barbara, delicious snacks. At other times, I was crying of sheer exhaustion, convinced I didn't have any more energy or willpower in me. But I kept going. And what kept me going was knowing that what I was going through was nothing compared to what people with HIV have to go through on a daily basis, battling illness and stigma.
This is why I ride. This is why I will ride again in 2020.
Over two years (2017 & 2019) and one ride (2019), I have raised over $8,800. I am asking that you please help me raise more funds for the life-saving services offered by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
The services the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center provide as a result of this event [check out what your money buys below!] mean the world to those who receive them. A donation will directly impact the life of those affected and at risk.
Your support further motivates me to get out of bed at 4-4.30am to ride 70-100 miles a day, sleep in a tent and poo in a porta potty for seven days!
Will you support my ride and donate now?**
**I will be donating 1K to my fundraiser, to cover my cost of participation in the ride so any donation you make will go 100% to the cause. Donations are tax deductible for US residents and can be matched by your employer if they have a gift-matching program. If you don't care about the tax deductible bit, please consider a cash donation instead that will be doubled by an employer gift-matching program.
What your donation does:
- $10,000 helps provide counseling services for more than 250 clients.
- $5,000 helps keep the HIV testing RV rolling for one year.
- $2,500 helps four HIV-positive people receive stable housing for one month.
- $1,000 helps provide two Community Education Forums where 150 men can learn more about HIV.
- $250 helps provide ten rapid HIV antibody tests at a testing site.
- $175 helps provide case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless.
- $150 helps provide 1,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Services.
- $100 helps provide the travel cost for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients, provide moral support, and help clients advocate for themselves.
- $25 helps a financial benefits counselor assist one person in navigating the private and public benefirst systems.
- $10 helps provide 143 condoms to the SFAF and LA LGBT Center's service sites.