AIDS Lifecycle - Ride to end AIDS

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PHOTO: Russell Yip, "Bike riders have legs of steel," San Francisco Chronicle, August 12, 2012
PHOTO: Russell Yip, "Bike riders have legs of steel," San Francisco Chronicle, August 12, 2012

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10K Achieved
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98 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $37,500.00
Achieved: $36,707.25
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Dear Friends:

Twenty-three years ago, my life changed forever. Before the discovery of lifesaving drug cocktails, when there was little hope of surviving AIDS, I received my HIV diagnosis. I was 19 years old and never thought I would live to celebrate my 21st birthday, let alone my 30th or 40th. Today, I am healthy and strong thanks to the advancements in treatment, groundbreaking research, and compassionate care pioneered and supported by San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

This June, I will get on my bike and ride 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in my fifth AIDS/LifeCycle to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS so nobody has to ever feel as lost and as hopeless as I did 23 years ago. Please join me. Help me reach my goal of raising $25,000 by making a secure, tax-deductible contribution.

For more than 30 years, San Francisco AIDS Foundation has been a national and global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS with innovative programs for prevention and care, and renowned leadership on public policy. With the Foundation's leadership and partnership, San Francisco built a community-based system of care that is a model for the nation, Congress passed the Ryan White Care Act to provide treatment and support for people living with HIV, and President Obama developed the first ever National AIDS Strategy.

Today, thousands of people in our community rely on San Francisco AIDS Foundation for free health services, and the foundation continues to be a pioneer in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Later this year, the Foundation will open San Francisco's first-ever gay men's health and wellness center in the Castro to offer HIV testing, substance use counseling, and community prevention programs.

Riding in AIDS/LifeCycle is a life-changing experience, providing seven days of hope, camaraderie and physical challenge. But is also serves as a reminder of friends we have lost and others who are struggling with this disease, and fills me with purpose for the difficult work ahead to create a future without HIV/AIDS. Please consider making a secure, tax-deductible contribution to help bring an end to AIDS.

Sincerely,

Dan Bernal

Cyclist # 2511