Together We Can Make a Difference!
In 2018, I volunteered as a roadie for AIDS/LifeCycle. It was such an amazing, life-changing experience full of so many loving, kind, caring people that I was hooked! I raised about $1,700 to help our community and felt so inspired!
In 2019 I decided that I wanted to RIDE 545-miles (crazy!? right?) and try to raise even more money to help fight HIV/AIDS and the stigmas that come with it. That year I raised nearly $8,000 and rode 375 miles, a feat I never imagined!
In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and all of us scrambled. People lost work, the world felt like it was crumbling, and we found out that 2020 and 2021 AIDS/LifeCycle had to be cancelled for understandable safety concerns. Well, the people that needed those services before still needed it, and more than ever now considering the massive impact COVID-19 has had on all of us.
Well, ALC pulled together and rolled out the TogetheRide! Now we ALL can be a part of something greater than ourselves! I'm committed to riding 500 miles and raising $1,500 for the TogetheRide. We hope to ride over 1.2 million miles as a community to show support for the 1.2 million people living in the US with HIV. Whether you are a novice, expert, mountain biker, casual biker, bike trainer rider, etc., YOU can join and help us spread awareness about a pandemic that hasn't ended...The HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Let's end HIV/AIDS, and have fun while doing it! Ride safe; Be Safe; and Grab Life by the Handlebars!!
For more information on my journey and the AIDS/Lifecycle community journey, see below:
Please check out this emotional video, which recaps our journey in 2019:
Thank You for joining me in this cause! I feel honored to help people through this journey! HIV/AIDS is a horrible disease that requires donations like this to help support people who are less fortunate that don't have the means to treat this condition and to fight for a cure.
My name is Travis Haase (AKA Cubtravie). I'm 34 years old. I decided to participate because I've been inspired by friends who have completed the ride, I'm looking for a way to exercise and get in shape, and I'm looking for a way to become more involved and give back to the community.
545-miles seems very daunting, especially for a big guy like me, but that is nothing compared to what people with HIV/AIDS go through. Even more so people that don't have the funds to pay for medications/services. HIV/AIDS was devastating in the 1980s. Because of programs like ALC, HIV/AIDS transmission rates have dropped dramatically. That doesn't mean we are done fighting. In fact, transmission rates are beginning to rise because people are becoming apathetic. We have the tools to end the epidemic, but we need YOU!
My life philosophy starts with LOVE. The world needs more love, and this is my way to give that to the world. I experienced what the world could be like when I volunteered for ALC last year. Random people came up to me to give me hugs. Total strangers would ask me to sit with them at dinner and we'd get to know one another over a meal. We would all help one another, whether it be with our tent setup (which is tough by yourself in the wind!), lending a helping hand, or providing emotional support. The candlelight vigil on the last night, was so emotional. Honoring people that have passed due to HIV/AIDS in silence. We were all in tears, and the experience was sobering and reminded us of the fight that still continues. I met some truly incredible people and made some wonderful friendships. These people inspire me to be a better human being, and inspired me to join this amazing journey!
That is why I am going to attempt to ride 545-miles from SF to LA in 2020!!
My Previous Years' Involvement
In total, in 2019 we raised a record breaking $16.7 million which is amazing and will really help fund treatment/prevention for those that don’t have access to care. Of this, I raised $7,787.90!! I was in the top 545 fundraisers this year!!
Of the $7,787.90 raised, that translates into one of the following services that will be provided to clients in need:
- 88,783 condoms provided
- 312 clients will receive a full year of medical supply costs
- 156 clients living with HIV will be provide a mobile phone so that they can stay in touch with their support system and be reminded of upcoming medical appointments
- 17 clients will have a full year of laboratory testing covered
- This was an amazing event that inspired me so much to give back to the community, and I couldn’t have done it without your generous donors!!
Out of the 545 total miles, I rode 375 miles, averaging about 50 miles/day. It was super challenging with a heat wave, headwinds, hills, etc., but my donor support helped push me further than I ever would have dreamed! Also, it motivated me to register for 2020 and push myself to complete even more miles!
Here are links to my rides that tracked:
Day 1: (82 miles) - https://bit.ly/2019ALCDay1
Day 2: (50 miles) Tracker didn’t run
Day 3: (45 miles, forgot to turn off tracker) - https://bit.ly/2019ALCDay3
Day 4: Took a day off
Day 5: (42 miles) - https://bit.ly/2019ALCDay5
Day 6: (88 miles) - https://bit.ly/2019ALCDay6
Day 7: (68 miles) - https://bit.ly/2019ALCDay7
Here is a collection of photos from the event as well:
In total, in 2018 we raised a record breaking $16.6 million!! I was a roadie and it was my first time participateing in ALC. It was amazing, and changed my life! Because of the amazing experience, I decided to ride in 2019 as a first time cyclist. I raised over $5,000 as a roadie, and met some truly amazing people.
About the AIDS/LifeCycle Ride
From May 31st - June 6th 2020, 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 the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Why We Ride?
545-miles in 7 days. That is a struggle, but nothing compared to the struggle people with HIV/AIDS go through. The struggle is even more daunting for the less fortunate and as federal and state funding dwindles, organizations like ALC keep this debilitating disease at bay. We ride because we want to save lives, educate the public, and spread love and awareness to those in need. We Ride, Love, Live!
So Far Donations Have...
Helped more than 5,000 people giving access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
Provided more than 45,000 HIV and STI screenings annually through the SFAF and LA LGBT Center
Advocated for policy at the local, state, and federal levels to protect the rights of people at risk for and living with HIV Provided programs and services for many walks of life, including those disproportionately at risk for or affected by HIV
Reduced the estimated number of annual HIV infections in the U.S. by18% from 2008 to 2014
Your Dollars at Work...
$100 buys more than 1,100 condoms for distribution throughout the Center's Community Health programs and activities
$250 provides rapid HIV tests, with results in less than a minute, for 20 clients
$500 helps 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance
$1,000 covers a full year of medical supply costs for 40 patients
Will you support me by making a donation today? Let's end AIDS!!
AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and the Los Angeles LGBT Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law.