Dear Friends and Family,
Over the last 20 years, you might be aware that I have volunteered each spring to participate in a fundraising event known as AIDS/LifeCycle. As the title suggests, our work has been focused on fighting the difficult battle against that disease through badly needed services, outreach, awareness, and education, all provided by the funds this event generates. I have been so proud to put my energies behind this work because I believe in the cause and I feel like we are doing something that really helps a lot of people. This year is going to be a little different for me...
By now, most of us realize that very few of us gets through life without being touched in some way by AIDS, either through someone we know and care about or perhaps have lost. That has been the case most of my adult life. But when it hits home as profoundly as it has for me now - having just lost my youngest brother to the disease, I am here to present you with evidence that this disease has not gone away and we still have so much work left to do to bring about it's end.
My brother was not a man who liked to ask anyone for help. For much of his life he went without any, foraging his way on his own. Perhaps in some ways to a fault. I wish he had been a person who could not only ask, but would be willing to take a hand from others. However, in Scott's life, this was not the case. So in his memory, I would like to dedicate my participation in this year's AIDS/LifeCycle to my brother and humbly ask that you make a donation to the cause this year, not to only celebrate with me Scott's life, but in his name give hope to others needing a place to turn for the support Scott went without.
It's easy to do, follow the link below to my Particpant Page and make a donation in an amount with which you are comfortable. You have a choice of contributing a one-time total, or you can spread your donation over the space of ten months if that better suites your circumstances. For example, perhaps you would prefer to donate $10 x 10 months to make a $100 total. You can do that.
Thank you in advance for your support. In the short term, please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to process the loss of our young brother. This is a difficult situation for anyone to wrap upbeat thoughts around, but rest assured we are doing our best and we do appreciate all your postive energy coming our way.