As an HIV positive man living in the Bay Area, this cause is dear to me. I'm an employed dude with high quality health insurance and I have incredible access to great care including low cost medication. That's not true for everyone around me. The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the many programs they support work hard to get all kinds of resources to folks who need it most.
I've done this ride 3 times before: in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Each ride taught me a lot about family, community, and goodwill. It's been a while and I was excited to sign up to ride in 2020. Training over the winter before the 2020 event was cancelled was awesome. Riding with friends and making new ones felt like such a sweet return.
I feel so grateful to the folks who donated to my 2020 ALC campaign. I was able to raise over $5,000, which was amazing! So many dear to me donated, and you all are in my heart.
In times like this our nonprofits need us more. It's not a secret that coronavirus affects folks with immunity issues disproportionately. Testing and treatment of HIV is crucial right now. SFAF serves some of our most vulnerable populations including those affected by homelessness, addiction, and those without health resources. Just as their needs have increased, their funding is in a challenging spot.
I'm still figuring out this "Togetheride" thing, and will be balancing clocking my miles on my road bike and on a Peleton. I'm jumping in feet first! 2020 has many lessons, and one of them is that we need to sometimes act before we're fully comfortable.
I know finances are insecure for many, but if you can, please join me!