From May 31st to June 6th, I 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. The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
WHY I’M RIDING: Completing this ride has been a dream of mine for over 20 years, and 2020 is the year I plan to make it happen. When I was 18, I did my first ALC training ride with a group of grown-up strangers, an inadequate bike, and no experience; I managed to finish the 35-mile ride but felt utterly out of my depth. Now at 38, I am a grown-up, plus I’ve got a good bike and some cycling miles under my belt, so it’s time! Meanwhile, while much progress has been made in treating and preventing HIV/AIDS over the years, much remains to be done to end this global epidemic. The first cases of AIDS were reported in the US in the summer of 1981, just about the time I was born. I can only hope that this disease, which has disproportionately affected gay and transgender folks, the homeless, and communities of color will be eradicated in my lifetime, and that is why I’m taking on this endeavor. There are more than 130,000 people in California alone who are living with HIV. I’m riding and raising money to help save lives by contributing to the crucial mental and physical health programs, community services, prevention, and advocacy work provided by the SF AIDS Foundation and LA LGBT Center. I love a physical challenge, exploring the Bay Area backroads on two wheels, and expanding and supporting my community, all of which are promised by participating in the AIDS/LifeCycle. Please join me in this important cause!
THE IMPACT OF YOUR DONATION: Every dollar counts, and no gift is too small. Please help me reach my goal. Thank you!
Individuals served by the SF AIDS Foundation and LA LGBT Center are beneficiaries of funds raised. These organizations serve as models of care and prevention around the world, so your donation also impacts efforts to end the global AIDS epidemic.
$5,000 provides the sexual health team with the supplies needed to offer HIV and STI screenings for 560 people
$3,000 helps reduce HIV transmission among people who inject drugs by providing sterile syringes and disposing of them properly
$1,000 links 1 person living with HIV to housing OR funds 1 client receiving medication to prevent HIV infection after potential exposure
$500 supports one night of social programming for long-term survivors of HIV
$250 provides rapid HIV tests for 20 clients
$100 covers the cost of 1 HIV test OR pays for a Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend medical appointments for up to 25 clients to provide them support and advocacy
$50 helps provide free Hepatitis C testing, treatment, and support
$30 covers treatment medication for 1 client diagnosed with an STI
$10 buys 114 condoms for distribution