"Any advancements that came towards fighting AIDS were not done by scientists or doctors - it was people with little ribbons on their lapels." -Gilbert Gottfried
No truer words have been spoken, I believe, regardless of who said them. For more than 40 years it’s been the people that rally around those living with HIV/AIDS that have fueled any advancements in our cities while moving closer toward a global solution. So I'd like to take a minute and say thank you for joining me in this cause, I’m so excited to share my AIDS/LifeCycle journey with you!
On June 5-11th 2022 , about 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies, and Virtual Riders will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle: a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I’m excited to have chosen to participate by completing the 545 mile trek this year and am looking forward to my very first ALC ride!
Over the next 10 months I’ll be working hard to raise money in support of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Both centers work within their communities to raise awareness, provide medical care, and prevent future transmissions on HIV and other various STIs.
Now, the last 18 months have been tough for a lot of people and while COVID rocked the world, people suffered at varying levels. As a result of global shut down, the riders of 2020 weren’t able to complete ALC and the ride for 2021 was canceled. As you could imagine, this was a huge blow to the communities these organizations support. So I’ve pledged to ride in 2022 and help raise a healthy amount of money to support these agencies and my fellow riders and friends living with HIV/AIDS.
The services provided as a result of my fundraising efforts include counseling, HIV/STI screenings, linking youth experiencing homelessness and people living with HIV to housing, and so much more. By supporting this cause, you take a stand against stigma, helping to create a world where health justice is a reality for everyone.
Some examples of the multitude of services provided to the community include:
$100 - Provides 700 clean syringes, reducing the risk of HIV infection and other blood borne diseases in intravenous drug users
$250 - Will provide rapid testing for 20 people
$500 - Will provide HIV prevention counseling to 60 teenagers
$1,000 - Covers the full cost of medical supplies for 40 patients
$5,000 - Keeps the mobile testing RV rolling for one year
These life saving services are everything to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me. I’m committed to making a difference and will need all your help to get there. Together, we’re all doing the best to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past.
Will you support me by making a donation today?
With love in friendship,
Steven P. Chambers