AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law.
I'm not riding 545 miles on a bicycle
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Instead, From June 2-8, 2013, I'm a roadie, supporting the wonderful people who are 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.
Last year's event was so moving to be a tiny part of, and this year I will be right there helping to support all the fantastic people that DO ride the ride, and of course that includes the amazing and wonderful CJ Brasiel!
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We have to stop this !
Funds raised by AIDS/LifeCycle participants support these vital services:
- BETA, the Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS, educates people living with HIV/AIDS, providers, and advocates about new prevention and treatment research. BETA is published twice a year in English and Spanish.
- Black Brothers Esteem brings together African-American gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving men, empowering them to advocate for their own health and the health of their community.
- El Grupo supports Latinos living with HIV and their families. Reaching out to men and women, gay and straight, young and old, El Grupo is the oldest program of its kind in the United States.
- HIV Prevention Project exchanges more than 2.3 million syringes each year at 12 sites, contributing to an HIV transmission rate via intravenous drug use of less than one percent in San Francisco.
- HIV Testing is provided weekly at two locations on Sixth Street, one of San Francisco's hot spots for HIV infection.
- Housing and Financial Benefits helps people living with HIV/AIDS understand the private and public benefits system and offers transitional housing assistance and rental subsidies to nearly 400 individuals and families.
- Magnet offers sexual health services, including HIV and STD testing, for gay and bisexual men at a health and community center in San Francisco's Castro district.
- Science and Public Policy advocates on behalf of people living with HIV/AIDS at the national, state, and local level and provides information about recent HIV prevention research to inform evidence-based public policy.
- The Speed Project reaches out to gay and bisexual men in San Francisco who use crystal meth. Peer educators share information and resources to encourage good health and safety.
- The Stonewall Project offers nonjudgmental counseling to gay and bisexual men struggling with crystal meth. On its website, tweaker.org, nearly 2,300 visitors a day receive meth education and information.
More information about the programs of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation is available at http://www.sfaf.org/
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Cooking my way from San Francisco to LA
I got my roadie assignment! It seems all that time working as a corporate caterer is finally going to be put to use again so I'm dusting off my knife roll and hitting the road with the culinary crew.
The shifts are gonna be tough for this old lady. We start breakfast (4-8 AM) and finish up with dinner (4-9 PM), but I'm looking forward to feeling like we make life just a little easier on the road for the riders, and that's what it's all about.
Thanks everybody for your support. It's really moving to see my friends step up and give what you can. Together we all make a difference!
Why be a roadie?
I was lucky enough to meet a lot of riders last year, and hear their stories of why they were riding. I also learned a whole lot about AIDS. I've always been one of those people who prefers doing to talking, and though I'm not going to ride over 500 miles on a bicycle, I'm more than willing to support those who do in any way I can.
Last year I had it easy. I stayed in a hotel, picked up CJ a couple of times so she could have a hot shower and a soft bed and we took a few of her co-riders out for a well earned meal.
This year I'm going to be working a whole lot harder, most likely at a roadside station supporting riders by feeding them to fuel their bodies on this amazing ride.
I feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of ALC 2013. Whatever we roadies can do to support the cause and the people who literally give their all we're gonna do!
As soon as I find out what roadie team I'm on I'll fill you in. In the meantime if you can support the ride just a little, I'd appreciate it!