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105 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $13,000.00
Achieved: $13,615.00
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I'm Riding to End AIDS

From June 2-8, 2013, I'm bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.

Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!
 
I hope this letter finds all of my friends and family well and looking forward to an amazing year.  As most of you know, last year I participated in (and survived) the 545 mile AIDS LIFECYCLE RIDE from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for AIDS research and awareness.   Thank you to those who sponsored me with your generous donations and moral support allowing me to reach my goal.   The experience was beyond words and has inspired me to continue this dream to end AIDS and find a cure, therefore I will be getting on my bike to make a difference again in 2013.  This year my goal for the AIDS Lifecycle Ride is a ambitious $10,000.   A daunting task in the face of our current economy but minor compared to the daunting challenge for those living with this disease every day and for those who's dream is to end AIDS once and for all.
 
Last year when I decided to do the ride, I had no idea what cycling was about.    I took on the challenge to ride 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles...what was I thinking?  I hadn't been on a bicycle in 30 years!  What was a crazy spontaneous commitment, turned into the greatest journey I have ever made.  Today I am still learning and this year I am not only training, but have also committed to being a Training Ride Leader for AIDS Lifecycle giving me the opportunity to support the event even more fully.   This year marks 29 years of being HIV positive - yes I am a long term survivor.  I have been blessed with so much in these last 29 years.  If someone were to have asked 25 yrs ago what I had planned for my future, I could not have answered because back then being HIV positive meant you had a limited time to live.   I thought "what is the point of long term planning"?  It was a very tough time and many friends lost in the beginning. Thanks to research and medicine,  I am still here along with many other blessed long term survivors. 
 
I am blessed with a extremely loving and supportive partner Brian Albertoni. He has provided me with encouragement and faith when I have questioned my abilities. I told a friend last year that I always wonder what gives me that extra push and she said that I am here for my son.  Lincoln came into our lives in 2010 and has given me more reason for fighting the fight. I am riding again this year because there is still a need for services for everyone that is affected by HIV/AIDS. I pray that my son and other children grow up in a time were HIV/AIDS is a thing from the past. I humbly ask you my friends and family to donate what you can.  No donation is too small or too big and all donations are greatly appreciated. I am also asking this year for my friends and family to share my journey and story. In order to reach my goal I can't do it without .  I ask that you share with friends, family and in some cases employers as some employers match employee donations. Thank you everyone again for all the support last year and again this year.
Please help the wonderful people I ride for by helping me with a donation. It can be $25, $100, $200 or even $500 anything and everything helps. 

And Now The Journey Begins
Thank You So Much
Anthony Maldonado
www.aidslifecycle.org
Cyclist # 1154

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