June 3rd - 9th, I'm joining nearly 3,000 cyclists and roadies in the AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile fundraising bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
I've participated in the ALC ride in two previous years, the first being in 2013 as a cyclist and my second in 2017 as a volunteer roadie on the Pack-Up team. I peddled every single mile of the 545 in 2013, repeating over and over to myself my personal mantra, "No Matter What!"
In the years between these two events however, I experienced some of the darker periods of my life resulting from excessive and addictive use of alcohol and drugs along with unhealthy isolation and depression, during which time I was also diagnosed with HIV. Thankfully now in 2018, I'm in one of my healthiest years, living as a sober, HIV-undetectable man with yet another year to participating in the AIDS/LifeCycle and experience life within this wonderful bubble of love. Not only does my own mental and physical health benefit from this event, but through my participaton, I'm also raising critical funding and awareness for two of the most globally impactful and progressive foundations within the LGBT community, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, both of which provide their community with extensive services spanning mental and physical health, substance abuse counceling, advocacy, culture, leadership, and education.
Your support through a donation, regardless the amount, means so much to me, as do the services that will be provided to those who receive them. Such a large number of the LGBT community experiencing darker periods in their lives similar to what I’ve experienced and these two organizations offer so many free services to individuals when there's no where else left to go.
Will you please support me in my participation in this years event by making a donation? And if you or any one you know is ever struggling with substance abuse, addiction or depression, know that I'm here for support through sharing my own experience, strength and hope.