Thank you for joining me in this cause!
Typically Early June would 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.
Last year's ride was canceled due to COVID-19 and we all did our own rides on our own. In 2020 I pledged to ride 545 miles locally in 14 days while still going to work every weekday. I ended up finishing my miles in nine days. It was a lot of great riding although I certainly missed riding with my teammates!
This year's ride was also canceled. But the need to raise funding for AIDS-related service has only grown during the pandemic. The ride now is called TogetheRide. Everyone is free to set up their own goals and riding routes. My plan for 2021 is this; since I just turned 60 years old I've decided to up my miles to 600 and finish it within 14 days while keeping up my schedule at work. I will be doing this ride sometime in May. I hope to incorporate some out-of-town rides, perhaps from the Coachella Valley down to the Mexican border!
I am setting a modest fundraising goal of $5000. All funds raised support the hard work of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
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: On May 31st I reached my goal of riding 600 miles. I did it in nine days. It wasn't particularly easy (one day I rode 120 miles) but it was very rewarding.