AIDS Lifecycle - Ride to end AIDS

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Matt's riding his BIKE 545 miles to end AIDS!!!

Matt's riding to end AIDS!
Matt's riding to end AIDS!

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Team San Diego
Achievements
No Badges Have Been Earned
We're on our way
113 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $10,000.00
Achieved: $11,301.00
Thanks to my generous sponsors

I have known and know many people in my life living with HIV and AIDS. They are our friends, neighbors, loved ones, sisters, brothers and many more. In 2011, I did my first fundraiser to help raise awareness and money for those living with a disease I hope to see cured in my lifetime. After that 5 mile walk, raising over $600, I knew there was more I could do.

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. In 2012, ALC raised over $12.6M and riding this year, I can't wait to add to that amount!

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. EVERY DOLLAR TRULY MAKES A DIFFERENCE! We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.

Want some suggestions of how much to donate?

  • $1,000 covers a full year of medical supply costs for 55 patients
  • $545 is $1 for every mile I'll ride from San Francisco to LA
  • $333 represents the 33.3 million people worldwide living with HIV
  • $100 provides 8 free rapid HIV tests to clients
  • $54.50 represents a penny for every mile ridden for ALC
  • $10 buys 143 condoms that the Health Education and Prevention Program will distribute
  • Whatever YOU can give!


ALC offers a great option for donating -- a monthly pledge. You can pledge any amount, and indicate that it should be split over multiple months.  This is a great way to make a large donation without taking a large hit to your bank account all at once.

See you on the road!

Matt

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30 days out, $950 to go!
We're just 30 days out from AIDS/LifeCycle, my 545-mile, 7-day ride to end AIDS, and the next few weeks are critical for training and fundraising! June 2, I will head out of San Francisco to begin my journey home by bicycle to raise money for those living with HIV/AIDS!

$950 to go!
I'm just $950 away from reaching my $10,000 funraising goal and I need your help to get there! If you've been meaning to donate, now is the time! Big tax return? Please consider helping those living with HIV/AIDS with a portion of it. With just 30 days left, time is running out to get your donation in. Please follow this link: http://tofighthiv.org/goto/mbancroft It works great on smartphones, too ;-) !

200-mile weekends
This weekend marks the start of my most intense training. I will be riding almost 200 miles and putting in over 12 hours of saddle time each weekend from now until the Ride. My social life is on hold while training and saving lives becomes my main objective. As I've progressed through the training season, I've seen myself grow as a cyclist. While my gym training strengthens my legs, it's the cycling that gives them the endurance I'll need over the 545 miles. I've quickly become one of the strongest riders on the team and can't wait to see how I stack up the the other AIDS/LifeCycle riders!

Mini-love Bubble
We have an ALC concept called the "Love Bubble." It's the intense feeling of love generated by 2500 riders and 500 roadies camping and riding together for 7-days and 545-miles. Last weekend, I participated in AIDS/LifeCycle "Day on the Ride," a 1-day version of ALC, and I got to experience the "Love Bubble" first hand with 300 other cyclists, staff and motorcycle saftey crew. Take a look at the short YouTube I made of my Day on the Ride: http://youtu.be/T3She7R8IoA

by Matthew Bancroft on Fri, May 03, 2013 @ 7:56 AM

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Heroes talk about HIV/AIDS
The H.E.R.O. (HIV Endeavor for Reaching Out) creed is a simple statement, written by an AIDS/LifeCycle rider, that celebrates the sacrifices taken by anyone who registers and rides in the AIDS/LifeCycle event. This creed exemplifies the trials, joy and tears I will experience in my 7-days and 545-miles on the Ride to End AIDS. The creed promotes the idea that any person committed to the cause of caring for their fellow man, is by definition a HERO. By sponsoring my ride in AIDS/LifeCycle, you can be a HERO too!

The H.E.R.O. Creed

- I have risen before dawn in this fight against AIDS
- I've rallied family, friends and strangers to support me in this fight
- I've spent mornings, afternoons and weekends training for those who can't
- I have spent hundreds of dollars on equipment, clothing and energy bars
- I have learned hand signals, how to clip in, and the importance of stopping at every stop sign
- I have yelled "Car Up!," "Car Back!," and "On Your Left!" approximately one million times
- I have raised thousands of dollars to support the well being of someone else's life
- I have learned that if I don't talk about HIV, to prevent it from spreading, who will?
- I will stand in line with my closest friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and to use the bathroom
- I will ride side by side with them for the same cause
- I will spend a week sleeping in a tent, eating in a tent, and showering in a truck
- I will make over two thousand new and interesting friends while raising public awareness of HIV/AIDS
- I will laugh out loud and cry with them
- I will dedicate a week of my life to improve someone else's
- I will do things with my body I did not think I could do
- I will boldly show the world how strongly I believe in this cause
- I will ride my bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise awareness and money in the fight against HIV/AIDS
- I am a California AIDS/LifeCyclist
- I am a HERO

Please take a moment to reflect on the H.E.R.O. Creed and click "Donate to support Matthew" above to join me as a HERO.

by Matthew Bancroft on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 @ 3:21 PM

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Support AIDS/LifeCycle and Give from the Heart!
Valentine's Day is just a few days away! Do you want to make the day brighter for someone in need? Do you want to help make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past? Please take a moment to make a donation to AIDS/LifeCycle at http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/mbancroft!

Wondering how your tax-deductible contribution can change lives for the better? The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (http://www.lagaycenter.org) has been a leader in battling AIDS throughout Southern California and the U.S. by caring for those who are HIV-infected since the earliest days of the pandemic. Today, the millions of dollars raised annually by AIDS/LifeCycle participants support these vital services:

Medical Care

The Center's Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic offers people living with HIV/AIDS comprehensive free or low-cost primary and specialty medical care. About 2,100 people receive care at the clinic each year.

Mental Health Services

The Center's staff of mental health professionals offers one-on-one and group therapy to help people struggling with HIV overcome substance abuse and addiction; adhere to difficult HIV drug regimens; improve self-esteem; get through the trauma of a new HIV diagnosis and manage other issues they may be facing. The program serves more than 1,600 people each year.

Pharmacy

The Center's full-service pharmacy provides help for patients who struggle to afford costly medications. For patients without private insurance, medications are supported by the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP), Medi-Cal and Medicare as well as fundraising dollars.

HIV Testing

The Center tests 800-1,000 people for HIV each month and was one of the first in the nation to adopt rapid HIV testing. A mobile unit-- the POW! (Prevention on Wheels) van--takes HIV testing directly to those who are most at-risk and hard to reach.

HIV Prevention

The Center works to reduce the spread of HIV through myriad education and prevention services, including: WEHO Life, a program that distributes thousands of condoms and prevention materials yearly to West Hollywood businesses; Positive Images, a "live better program" for HIV-positive people; and In the Moment, a web-based soap opera following the lives of young gay men making decisions about sex, relationships, drug use and other life issues.

Please give as generously as you can! No donation is too large or too small. We'll keep riding until HIV and AIDS are a thing of the past!

by Matthew Bancroft on Fri, Mar 22, 2013 @ 9:47 AM

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Happy 2013!
Happy New Year!
2013. Wow! Can you believe it? I hope you celebrated the New Year with family and friends, and took a moment to reflect on the good and the bad of 2012. Looking ahead, 2013 is going to be a great year!

For 2012, I made several resolutions and I hope to carry one of them forward for years to come--to do what I can to help others living with HIV/AIDS. This global disease knows no race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation or age group. It's a disease that affects all of us and I hope you will continue to support my efforts and make helping others with HIV/AIDS one of your resolutions for 2013.

Training, full speed ahead
With 2013 comes the kick off of official AIDS/LifeCycle training. In three short weeks, I've already pedaled 153 miles and climbed 4,762 feet! Even cold temperatures, as low as 37 degrees, can't stop my commitment to ready myself for 545-miles in just 7-days in June.

Last weekend the weather made a turn for the better and I had an amazing ride from picturesque Solana Beach to beautiful Oceanside with Team San Diego. This coastal route took us 41 miles, round trip, with gorgeous views of the coast and ocean all the way up and back. Having my teammates riding with me, knowing that together we're working to lower the stigma around HIV/AIDS and collectively working to eradicate this disease was a very special experience.

I'm looking forward to even longer, tougher rides in 2013. Soon, I'll be riding over 100 miles a weekend!

New Tax Season
Not only does 2013 bring a new calendar year, but it brings a new tax season and new opportunity for tax-deductible donations. Getting a tax refund from 2012? Consider donating all or part of your refund to AIDS/LifeCycle. Get a jump on your 2013 charitable donations, today!

by Matthew Bancroft on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

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$30 for 30
I'll be turning 30 years old this week and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than by raising money for a good cause. I am encouraging my friends and family to donate $30 to help me celebrate! $30 for 30 years. I've set my fundraising goal at $5,000 this year, and I'm counting on lots of you to help celebrate!

by Matthew Bancroft on Tue, Dec 04, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

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World AIDS Day - December 1
This Saturday marks the 24th World AIDS Day. Held on December 1st each year, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

This year, join me in the fight against HIV/AIDS by donating to AIDS/LifeCycle. All proceeds benefit the LA Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation who work tirelessly to reduce stigma around AIDS/HIV, provide medical and preventative care and testing, and teach so many how to protect themselves from the disease. Donating is easy, visit http://tofighthiv.org/goto/mbancroft to make a contribution of any size--really, any amount helps.

Currently, more than 1.1M people are living with HIV/AIDS in the US; and globally an estimated 33.3 million people have HIV. More than 25 million people between 1981 and 2007 have died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

Today, many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education. For more facts about HIV/AIDS, take a look at this great CDC-prepared Fact Sheet PDF, http://www.cdc.gov/nchhstp/newsroom/docs/2012/FACTSHEET-VitalSigns-112712.pdf

Back on the bike

After a couple of weeks hiatus, I'm back on the bike in my new hometown, San Diego! Two weeks ago, I took a great 20 mile ride around Ocean Beach and Sunset Cliffs. The beautiful views of the coastline were awesome! I made my first, non-stop ride up Bachman Place at the end of the ride, a category 4 climb. Last weekend, a 40 mile ride took me from San Diego to Del Mar and back with my first climb of Torrey Pines Road. Another category 4 climb, Torrey Pines climbs about 420 feet of elevation in one mile of distance. Bachmann Place got me that day with a few stops along the climb. I can't wait to join more Team San Diego group training rides in the new year and conquer longer, tougher climbs.

by Matthew Bancroft on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 2:06 PM

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Go big, or go home--A big announcement!
It is amazing how much support I have received in the two months since announcing my ride in AIDS/LifeCycle 12. When I decided to register for AIDS/LifeCycle I wasn't sure I would be able to meet the $3000 minimum, but you, my amazing friends and family, have proved me wrong. You have already pushed me over $2000!

Today, I've got a big announcement! I've decided to up the ante, go big or go home--I'm raising my fundraising goal to $5000! It's a huge amount to go for and ask for in my first year, but I know I have quality people behind me who also believe in helping those living with HIV/AIDS, eliminating the stigma around the disease and preventing future infections. Together, we can make a difference for so many people!

by Matthew Bancroft on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 5:32 PM

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My new favorite training spot
Since my last email, I've been on some really amazing training rides. My new favorite training spot is Rancho Palos Verdes. The sweeping vistas, tough climbs and breathtaking ocean views make for some amazing scenery while convincing my legs to push harder and faster. At its peak of 1446ft, Palos Verdes Drive East has great views of the Port of Los Angeles and Trump National Golf Club, and climbing over 500 feet in less than 2 miles up its 6% grade switchbacks has been an exciting challenge. What a great, bicycle-friendly place to train!

by Matthew Bancroft on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 @ 5:31 PM

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More than words
It is so hard to express what AIDS/LifeCycle is like and what it means to so many living with HIV/AIDS, and to the families of those lost to the disease. This week I wanted to include a few short YouTube videos to help describe what the 545-mile/7-day ride is like, what it means to survivors and those living with HIV/AIDS, and what it means to that families who have lost loved ones to this disease. Please take a few minutes to view the videos below:

An Extraordinary Start to AIDS/LifeCycle 11

I was so fortunate to be present for the AIDS/LifeCycle 11 opening ceremonies and it is this group of people and the powerful speeches made in this video that motivated me to register for AIDS/LifeCycle 12.

http://youtu.be/K8Xj-jiM4w0

AIDS/LifeCycle 11 in review

This is a great video put together by a Team San Diego rider with some annotations I added to help describe what's going on. It is a great view into what the Ride is like for 2500 riders and 500 roadies and support staff.

http://youtu.be/mVoe2Svq0bI

AIDS/LifeCycle 10 - The Experience

An official AIDS/LifeCycle video put together for the 10th anniversary of the Ride. Featuring interviews with the head of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, riders, roadies and supporters about that this rides means to them.

http://youtu.be/cGHHSpEWZy8

Woman Finds Way to Immortalize Brother Lost To AIDS

Every year, Steph Stainback stands on the side of the road with a picture of her brother and thanks every single rider of the AIDS/LifeCycle.

http://youtu.be/lW98hB8XVA0

by Matthew Bancroft on Wed, Sep 26, 2012 @ 2:05 PM

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90 miles in a weekend!
What an amazing labor day weekend! Saturday I had my first group training ride ever! I met up with Team OC for 50 miles around Irvine, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Santiago Canyon, Orange and Tustin. With an average of 14mph, I told Santiago Canyon who's boss! Sunday I rode 40 miles round trip from Long Beach, up the San Gabriel River trail to North Orange county for some fun pool time and BBQ with my parents. Being out in the sun, biking all over is absolutely amazing. There's a constant internal struggle to pedal harder and faster, challenging myself with every stroke. I LOVE IT!

by Matthew Bancroft on Wed, Sep 05, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

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First Solo Training Ride
Yesterday, I had my first solo ride on the new bike. I started out from my place in Long Beach and took a 16 mile ride up and down the Long Beach Bike Path. This winding trail right on the sand is so close to the ocean you can taste the salt! I saw awesome views of the ocean, cargo ships in the harbor, sailboats in the marina and the ever majestic Queen Mary docked in the bay. The wind coming off the ocean was incredible! There was definitely no way to coast, I had to pedal the entire time! My legs were on fire and I loved it!

by Matthew Bancroft on Wed, Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:05 AM

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And it starts
I was very excited to kick off my training over the weekend with a scenic 30 mile trek all over the San Diego area--including Point Loma, Shelter and Harbor Islands, and a tough climb up Washington St. from Pacific Hwy. The blue skies, crisp morning air and amazing ocean views were intoxicating! Why have I never seen the sights like this before? I loved every mile and cannot wait to keep training to build up my endurance to go further and faster! 30 miles is just the beginning!

by Matthew Bancroft on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:50 PM

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I Found the One
I found the road bike of my dreams and officially began my training for ALC 12! My new carbon fiber and "monster" green Felt road bike will be my chariot for the exciting 7-day, 545-mile LifeCycle. I've been searching high and low to find all the right gear I need to get started and found all the essentials; helmet for safety, shoes for my clip pedals and water bottles for hydration. This sport certainly requires a lot of equipment, but it's all worth it to raise money for those living with HIV/AIDS.

by Matthew Bancroft on Mon, Aug 27, 2012 @ 10:49 PM

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