Firstly, thank you for even clicking the link and THANK YOU for joining me in this cause!
June 2nd - June 8th, 2019 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 the cyclist on the road riding between 60-120 miles each day, and I am so grateful to have joined Team B.O.B (Boys on Bike) in this undertkaing!
I can assure you that the task of riding these lengths each day seems daunting and almost NOT doable. This being my first year attempting this ride, I am encouraged by the various individuals that have done the 545-miles on their bike saddle before me. This task of riding 545 miles on a bike is made better by knowing I am entering a supportive group, a great cause and what I hope will be a life-changing experience. The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support of me on this endeavor means the world to me.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you join my support crew by making a donation today? Any amount is helpful. $10, $100, or $1000--- make it personal and make it meaningful.
A few things to learn about me:
- I'm not really a cyclist. I have a 80's model Nishiki Cresta that I bought on Craigslist in 2010. The longest ride I have ever done on it was about 30 miles, but more frequently I commuted to work on my bike when I was living in Santa Barbara-- a mere 2 miles roundtrip. This will mean the training phase of this endevor will be extremely important for me and my body. ** Update: I was persuaded by the very helpful staff at Just Ride LA to purchase a new bike. I am now on a GIANT Contend I.
- AIDS & HIV is an extremely important issue. While I have not been affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic personally, as a gay male I have learned the severity and impact it has had on the LGBT community, particulary people of color, but also the greater community and the impact it has on developing and underdeveloped countries.
- The social stigma around HIV/AIDS is real. There is still a fear around HIV/AIDS that requires significant education for all. As a clinician, I will aim to use this as an oportunity to learn more about HIV/AIDS and how to educate my patients but also the greater community.
- When I do something, I like to go all in. Im really looking forward to this opportunity to create awareness, develop a stronger mind, body and soul and make lasting connections with individuals around a critical issue affecting not just the Los Angeles and San Francisco communities or the LGBT community or People of Color, but the world as a whole.
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