Fom May 31st to June 6th, 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!
HIV/AIDS continues to plague the LGBT+ community across the world. Be it a lack of education on safe sex practices, access to treatments and medications, or any other possible obstacle – one thing stands clear – we must continue to attack this virus with relentless force though means of education, prevention, and research.
I’ve been so fortunate to grow up in a time where HIV/AIDS has become less of a death sentence. Research has given us prophylactic medications in an effort to disable the mechanisms which cause new infections. Research has provided new antiretroviral therapies and improved old ones to allow those who live with this disease to live full healthy lives. However, we must not stop here. We must not become complacent. Nearly 26,000 – 30,000 new infections plague our community each year.
I was fortunate enough to group up in this time where medication and stigma are making leaps and bounds. However, I have many dear friends who lived in a time where ridicule, exile, and death were commonplace. I’ve heard countless stories and saw many tears shed as they described to me what it was like to lose so many friends, family, and partners to HIV/AIDS.
Those who have been lost must not be forgotten. For them – those who we lost, for those – who find strength to live with HIV/AIDS today, and for all – our community, our allies, and the world, we must continue to fight and fight hard – with all we have until this disease is eradicated.
For my dear friends, who have fought for so long and have lost so much – this is why I ride. To show you your friends, family, and loved ones are not forgot nor lost in vein. We must fight through research and by education the masses. We must make treatment and medication accessible and affordable. We must demolish the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. I ride to help raise awareness in our world and to assist in raising funds for such a prestigious and momentous task. I cannot do this alone, nor can anyone else. We must work together, as a team to bring HIV to extinction and eradication with the utmost and extreme prejudice.
Please assist my cause – why I ride - by making a donation to the AIDS LifeCycle. Funds raised allow the LifeCycle to continue each year and fund various research and support to the community. Use the following link to see where your donation dollars are applied and to make a donation. Each donation qualifies as a tax deductible and the information will be provided to you when you make the donation.
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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?
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