Hello friends, family and colleagues!
Earlier this year I made a promise to do my part in effecting positive change; to do something for help out those in need of a little loving kindness. My inspiration arrived this summer as I watched thousands of men and women of all shapes and sizes ride down the California coast past El Capitan State Beach in the brilliant sunshine on the 2018 AIDS/LifeCycle. I decided in that moment that I would join them on the next year’s ride.
So, from June 2nd to June 8th 2019, I’ll join over 2,000 Cyclists participating in an epic (for me at least, I didn’t own a bike until six weeks ago), 545-mile bike ride over seven days from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic at the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
The Jeffrey Goodman Clinic began caring for HIV-positive people at a time when many people were turned away by medical providers who refused to treat them out of fear or prejudice. Today, the Clinic provides medical care to over 2,700 middle and low-income patients who, in many cases, would have no other access to treatment.
For me, I ride not only to help others receive this care but also for my friends who are now gone. I ride to help erase the stigma that people with HIV live with everyday. And, most of all, I ride for Nathan Baird, my college love, who left this world way too young.
Now for the big ask: I’ve committed to raise $10,000. It’s a big number -- and I’m terrible at asking for money – but whatever contribution you can make is greatly appreciated. Give what you can. It’s all tax deductible.
Thanks for your support and let’s ride!