AIDS Lifecycle - Ride to end AIDS

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The Beginning of an AIDS-Free Generation

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10K Achieved
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66 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $22,000.00
Achieved: $14,422.00
Thanks to my generous sponsors

As my journey toward AIDS/LifeCycle 2013 continues, I thought it was time to change things up and give this page a makeover. So much has happened in the past few months - reminding me again and again why I'm getting my lazy butt on a bicycle and riding 545-miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Here's an update...

 
You may know I've committed my life to fighting HIV. Started as a volunteer educator at Cascade AIDS Project when I was 21. Later, I ran the program I once volunteered for. Then set off to start similar programs across the country. When medications came along that helped people live longer, I changed gears and ran a back-to-work program for people who were seeing improved health. Today, I continue this work by participating in AIDS/LifeCycle. When I first registered for this ride, my thought was that even if I didn't make it, I'll at least know that I tried. After hopping on a bike for the first time in years and completing a not-so-stellar ride of seven miles, I wasn't sure I could do it (I mean, I'm not 21 anymore!). But, you know me, I go all-in when I commit to something. And I feel that's been proven in the progress I've made in all areas since that first ride .... it's surprised even me:

  • Logged more than 1,500 miles in training rides
  • My longest ride topped 103 miles - a big step up from that first seven mile ride!
  • Completed 60 miles with four Manning Up Allstar teammates in the Tour de Palm Springs to raise money for Desert AIDS Project
  • I've maintained my blog regularly, keeping my supporters up-to-date with nearly 70 entries and more than 4,000 views
  • I bought an AWESOME road bike!
  • Joined my friend Jeremy's ALC team, Manning Up Allstars - and became Team Captain
  • Realized the generosity of my community with the support of over 120 sponsors & gear donors
  • Raised over $12,000 and continue to hold a place in the Top 50 Fundraisers
  • Our team has raised over $65,000 - impressive for a first-year team!
  • In only six months, I've cycled & trained through a dozen cities, four states, and rode across the Golden Gate Bridge & the Hoover Dam.
  • Helped spread HIV/AIDS awareness & education across the country, including a huge sister event at UTA, MAVS Reppin' The Ride!!!!
 
For me, that feels like commitment. And the support I've received from so many has been amazing and humbling and motivating and.... well, just plain wonderful! But as my commitment continues to grow, I'm reminded that we still have a long way to go to reach our final goals.
 
The part I play in that means turning that 1,500 miles I've completed in the saddle in the past few months into completing 545 miles over just seven days. For you, my request is to help me reach my fundraising goal of $22,000. That's $1,000 for each year I've worked toward a world without HIV. It's shooting for the stars, I know. But it's still only a very small amount compared to the $13,000,000 needed to continue supporting these vital programs.
 
I know there are so many charities, so little time and, often, so little money. I'm with ya there... which is why I spread it around. Walking for breast cancer, riding for diabetes, donating monthly to the Wounded Warrior Project. But this cause is my baby and I've reached $12,000 with some donations as small as $5... proof that every little bit counts. Your contributions will go to help fund HIV client services and prevention education at the San Francicsco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. These programs help those who aren't as fortunate as us maintain a quaility of life that we sometimes take for granted. And they help others get tested, become educated, stay informed - all of which help to reduce the number of HIV infections so fewer people are affected by this epidemic. Contributions are tax-deductible and whether you provide a one-time donation or make a small monthly commitment of at least $10 a month over the next two, five or ten months, your support will go a long way toward making HIV & AIDS a thing of the past. I know I want to be here for the cure.... and I have a feeling you do too.
 
Please join me on my this adventure by clicking on the orange Donate button above and sponsoring my ride . Then continue the journey and find out all the reasons I'm riding at: jim-agery.blogspot.com.