Thank you for joining me in this cause!
May 31st - June 6th 2020 was meant to be when over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists would 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. I did this ride for the first time in 2019 and it was certainly one of the very most amazing experiences of my life. After I was a few days into the ride I signed up to do it again in 2020!
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 epidemic this year's ride was canceled. I was so looking forward to doing it again. However the need to raise funds for HIV and AIDS services is more important than ever since these organizations have lost a lot of money that would have been raised with the ride. I have challenged myself to ride the same number of miles, 545, over a two week period (May 10th to 23rd). I won't have fancy rest stops every 15 miles with catered food nor will I have 2000 other riders joining me! I will have to average 39 miles a day but I will still be working during this time. I ride to honor my brother Stewart who passed away in 1991. Tremendous strides have been made against AIDS since my brother's time and I would like to do all I can to see that further progress is made in conquering this disease. All funds raised support the hard work of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Additionally I make this pledge; if I should manage to raise $6000. I will increase the miles I ride to 645. If I can raise $10,000. (my original goal for this year) I will ride a total of 745 miles during the two week period!
I know this is a difficult time and many people I know are in no position to donate to this cause right now. If you are able, though, I would greatly appreciate your help in any amount. Donating online is easy at http://ride.tombowers.net If you prefer to send in a donation by mail please let me know and I'll email you the form for that.
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?
UPDATE: As of Monday May 18th I have completed 546.42 miles over the course of nine days of riding. It was tough to get it all done while working during the week but well worth it. I am still hopeful that I can raise at least $6000. If I do in the next few days I will ride an additional 100 miles by the 23rd.