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2013 is going to be a big year....

From June 2-8, 2013, Chris and I will be participating in the AIDS/LifeCycle; I'm going to ride (can you believe it?) and Chris is going to be a "roadie".

2013 is also going to be our 30th anniversary. We've been very fortunate during our time together and we wanted to do something big to give back to the community, so we thought we'd challenging ourselves to complete the AIDS/LifeCycle.  (Crazy? Maybe...)

It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. That's about 75 miles a day on average though two of the days cover about 100 miles. In cycling lingo a 100 mile ride is called a "century" and for many cyclists completing a single century is a goal, this ride has two, plus another 5 long days: it's going be quite a challenge for me doing so many miles for 7 consecutive days, so I want and need your support!

As a roadie Chris will be part of the team supporting over 1,500 riders. They have to get up very early in the morning, tear down each overnight camp, move a lot of equipment along the route and then set it back up at the next camp. It's pretty grueling work.

Remembering Our Friends:

We've had some wonderful friends deeply impacted by AIDS. Some have passed away having been infected before there were medicines to help; some were impacted by the early rounds of medicines that were so strong and had such bad side effects, that the "cure" was almost worse than the disease. And some, thankfully, are surviving and living relatively normal lives due to the modern treatments available. This event is one of the ways that we want to remember and honor them and others like them.

The Beneficiaries:

The beneficiaries are the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center and the S.F. AIDS Foundation, these are both fantastic organizations that have huge positive impacts on each of their communities and have made living with AIDS a more hope-filled condition.

"The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been a leader in battling AIDS and caring for those who are HIV-infected since the earliest days of the pandemic." and the "The San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s work is a promise to reduce the rate of new HIV infections with innovative prevention programs."

Many people think that AIDS is now a treatable condition and may not warrant so much attention. While there are fewer people dying of AIDS, the treatments still have long-term health risks and there are still people who cannot get the best treatments available because of cost, lack of insurance coverage and surprisingly, lack of knowledge of all the options available. That's where these organizations can help.

So please help us support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can and let's see if we can make a serious difference in people's lives this year!

Brad and Chris