Dear Friends and Family,
I'm Coming Out! Out of retirement from cycling the AIDS Rides, after a hiatus of three years. Making this year, my 21st AIDS Ride. And surprise, this year's ride, was my husband Hugo's ideaa. And unlike Cher, this will probably be my last.
As for my bike training, returning from Florida has been a bit of a reality check. While in Florida, my biggest challenges were climbing bridges. Now in California, a small hill is larger than a Florida bridge. And don't get me starting on the reality check of climbing a mountain. AUGH!
Since back in California, I have been surrounding myself with my old cycling community and adopted family. I have been overwhelmed by their support and embrace they share. They were there for me during my brightest and darkest of times. Cycling with the community and surrounding myself with them, I have regained the contagious sense of inspiration to be supportive to those in need, and in support of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. For the past 26 years, the AIDS Ride has provided much needed medication, medical and psychological assistance to the those who have struggled in their struggles to survive with HIV/AIDS.
With all the medical advances made, the cost continues to surge, leaving those infected, to make the horrendous choice of paying for their rent or medication.
With your support I will be able to raise past my minimum goal of $3,000.00. I along with 2,500 cyclist am riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles for 545 miles in 7 days,
I hope all is well with you and your family. Thanks for taking time to read my letter and thanks for your support,