Hello again lovely humans!
I would be remiss if I did not start this message with a note sincere thanks and gratitude for the encouragement and donations received for my participation in the 2020 AIDSLifecycle.
Although the 2020 ride had to be cancelled due to the COVID19 Pandemic, riders, roadies and staff came together and raised over 7 million dollars. These donations were put to work immediately to provide critical health and human services provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
I am registered for the ride in June 2021.
I am rider number 1538.
I look forward to 2021 and being on my bike on June 6 at the Cow Palace in San Francisco as we begin the 545 mile ride to Los Angeles.
I look forward to seeing my fellow cyclists and all of the amazing roadies and staff. I am honored to be part of this group and I have immense respect for all that it means to be part of the ride.
Even with the cancelation of the 2020 ride, I have kept up with my training and preparation. It's just a small part of the overall effort and commitment that I made to take a stand and actually do something, to make a difference, to help find a cure.
Your financial support and encouragement to keep me focused and on track to prepare for my ride out day on June 6, 2021 is critical, I hope that I can count on your support again.
Every dollar counts and every conversation that leads to education makes a difference. .
The reason I ride remains the same. I was around in the 1980s when HIV/AIDS became a reality. I watched friends from the LGBT+ community literally disappear into hiding, some never to be seen again. This was before the days of cell phones, email and text messages. When someone didn't show up at a social gathering or was absent from the hallways at work, that's when and how we learned that friends, colleagues, familiar faces were sick or had passed.
I vividly remember the fear based conversations in the hallways. I remember sad, scary, hateful comments which resulted in creating a stigma of shame and isolation. I remember violent acts of hatred and ignorance. I will never forget. We have come a long way, but we still have a long way yet to go.
A cure needs to be found. There have been too many bright, beautiful, intelligent, creative, loving, caring, gifted and amazing people who have lost their lives. Please, let's work together and end HIV/AIDS in my lifetime.
Do this for future generations, for those who are fighting for their health and to honor those who are no longer with us.
Someday, this ride will no longer be needed, let's make that day happen together!
Please click the link, and donate today.