Thank you for joining me in this cause!
June 2nd - June 8th, 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!
I first heard about this event when I moved to California. If you know me, you know my eyes lit up when I heard about a 7 day biking event, beacuse bikes, duh. My life revolves around my bike and when I can ride. So after hearing about the ride, I delved into learning about the ride and what it is all about. It didn't take long for me to realize that this ride was to benefit a great cause (if the name didn't give it away immediately). As a gay man, this is a cause I wanted to get involved in, for myself and my community.
A couple months after coming out to my aunt in 2015 we were having a chat in her living room, discussing my experience of coming out thus far. As the conversation progressed, my aunt struck a more serious tone for a moment and issued the following statement: "I don't want to know anymore than I am going to say, but you have to be safe. I have had to bury far too many of my friends from HIV/AIDS and I do not want to have to bury my nephew" (potentially slightly paraphrased, the conversation happened 3 years ago and my memory isn't always the best with direct quotes; but that was the jist of it). My main reason for participating in the 2019 edition of the AIDS LifeCycle is for all the parents, aunts, uncles, and godparents out there. That is a conversation no one should have to have with their sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, or godchildren. It is certainly a conversation I do not wish to have with anyone in my family in the future.
I hope by my participation in this wonderful event that we can come one or several steps closer in finding a cure for HIV/AIDS. Research has already developed amazing drugs to pretty much prevent HIV (PrEP) or reduce infection to undetecable status (PEP). Continued funding for research can only take us higher and closer to finding a cure.
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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