Friends, family, colleagues, and potential donors,
Thank you for taking the time to read about my story, and for your consideration in becoming a donor for AIDS Lifecycle 2020. For those of you who don't know my background, I came out in 2017 after moving to Los Angeles from Dallas for graduate school. I decided it was finally time to let go of guilt and shame and find out who I really am. In the journey to live my life authentically, I left behind everything: I lost most of my friends, my religion, and some family. My new life in Los Angeles mostly consisted of my training to become a Nurse Anesthetist. My training in anesthesia and as a nurse before that, has given me a glimpse into learning about and caring for patients who are HIV positive. As I have cared for these individuals, I have witnessed how devastating the disease can be, as well as how far treatment has come over the past few decades. I’ve come to realize there is still so much work to do to further the rights and the health of the LGBTQ+ community. This knowledge has, in part, given me the motivation to get up and contribute in a small way, to further the goal of eradication of this disease.
With that motivation in mind, I have made the decision to join 3,000 other cyclists, roadies and virtual cyclists participating in the AIDS/Lifecycle from May 31st to June 6th, 2020. The event will be a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles supporting the fight against AIDS. Up until the day of the ride I will be raising funds for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. These organizations will help provide numerous services for LGBTQ+ people in need. The services provided often mean life or death for those who receive them.
I hope to use this amazing opportunity to raise awareness, and MOST importantly help the fight to cure HIV and AIDS.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation TODAY?
95% of major corporations participate in some form of donation matching, which could double your contribution. I encourage you to speak with the HR dept at your place of employment, if you choose to donate. Also keep in mind that all donations are tax deductible.