You can't keep a good man down - or me, apparently! Yes, I am returning as a Roadie for ALC2018 - June 3-9, 2018!
After participating as a cyclist for 6 years (and being on staff for two of those years), I am back with the amazing folks of the Gear & Tent team - my 6th time as a Roadie - for AIDS/LifeCycle, June 3-9, 2018.
Over the years, I have come to realize just how special this event is - to me, personally, and to so many others. What I hear from my teammates time and time again is that this is the one week of the year they can really be themselves. I never laugh as much as I do during the week of ALC. It may sound odd to hear that - laughing so much while we are involved with such a serious cause. But if you could just see the sense of community, the pulling together to help others, the amount of hard work we put into this... There is this amazing spirit and sense of family that is everywhere. And I can't imagine being anywhere else but with my ALC family the first week of June.
I have been blessed to be able to raise a substantial amount of money each year - money that goes to help the clients in need at the SF AIDS Foundation. AND this year I am going for broke. In honor of my last birthday in my 40's in 2018, I have set my goal at $50,000! I think we can do this. The highest amount I have raised in the past was $37,000 - so I know this is a lofty goal. I hope you will consider donating to me for this year's ride - it really would mean the world to me, and the cause. I am going to continue to do everything I can until we don't have to do this anymore. I do believe the day is getting closer. And I REALLY want a world where kids grow up and find that HIV and AIDS are a thing of the past.
On a last note, I would like to ask you to think about the people you have lost to HIV/AIDS, or those you know who are living with HIV. You may only know one person - me. But I would like you to think of how different the world would be today if those people who have passed on were still here; or think about what those living with HIV have taught you and brought to your life. Again, that may just be me. But I would like you to keep ALL of us in your thoughts as you decide to donate.
Thank you, as always, for your continued support.