This past year I finished my post-bacc in Computer Science while I supported an AIDS/LifeCycle rider. This year, instead of reprising my role as an athletic-supporter, I'm choosing to become an active rider for the 2020 ALC/LifeCycle Ride from May 31 to June 6.
What does that mean?
It means that I have two primary goals for the next 270 days:
- Train for the 545-mile, week-long bike ride from SF to LA
- Raise funds for life-saving services offered by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center
While one of these goals might take a lot of sweat and tears, the other doesn't have to! By donating, you help me raise money for those most impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Why ride? Why fundraise?
I ride for those who have come before me: trailblazers in the fight against HIV/AIDS; leaders in LGBTQ+ activism. I ride for those who lost their lives during an administration that couldn't even say the words gay or AIDS and denied the existence of an epidemic. I ride for those still marginalized by a country that continues to take two steps back for every step forward in areas of LGBTQ+ health and well-being. These contributions are but a small, tangible way to help those in need.
Thank you for your support and assistance.
"Act Up. Fight Back. Fight AIDS."
How your donations impact the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center:
$10 buys 114 condoms that the Health Education and Prevention Program will distribute.
$25 allows a case manager to stay connected with a client living with HIV to help them get to appointments and stay in care.
$30 covers the treatment medication for one client diagnosed with an STI.
$100 provides 10 gay, bi, and queer Black men with 10on-1 counseling support services for one month.
$100 provides comprehensive HIV/STI testing to one client.
$250 enables 20 trans and gender non binary clients to meet weekly and build meaningful connections.
$250 provides Rapid HIV Antibody tests to 20 clients.
$500 allows groups of long-term survivors to rebuild self-determination and combat social isolation at a weekly program event.
$1,000 refunds one client receiving Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).
$1,000 funds one weekend-long seminar where people recently diagnosed with HIV can learn more about living healthfully with HIV.
See additional ways fundraising impacts benefitting agencies: https://www.aidslifecycle.org/why-we-ride/the-beneficiaries/