Back in the saddle for my eighth AIDS/LifeCycle as a rider. I've been quiet so far this year as I concentrate on training and helping the next generations of riders with their preparation and fundraising. Now it's time to do my own fundraising.
Usually at this point I lay out a drammatic story or witty anecdote explaining why I'm riding, where we ride, who we're helping, how the monies raised are used, - but you know the drill. To review, I ride because this is something I can do to help those less fortunate; we ride 545 miles from San Francisco down coastal California to Los Angeles over seven days in June; this is the world's largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraiser, funding the research, outreach, advocacy, and on-the-ground services of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center. More at http://www.aidslifecycle.org/beneficiaries/
The exciting part is that there has been great progress prevention in the past few years - spearheaded by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in combination with local and state government and the medical community - developing a scaleable real-world program to bring HIV transmission down to zero. We're working towards an AIDS-free generation. I came of age in the fear of the 1980s and resignation of the 1990s. Do to the hard work by many and generous donations by many more over the past few decades, we've made amazing progress. We might even be in the home stretch in this battle. These are exciting times.
Please join me once again in this journey. I'll do the legwork, the training, the advocacy, the eating thousands of calories a day for a week, and sit in that saddle for hours at a time. I'm also personally donating $2500 to other riders. Please help me raise $15,000 by making a generous donation today.