Thank you so much for taking time to visit my Participant Page. As many may know, when we do things that we enjoy, things we appreciate and things that stimulate us on many levels, the natural order of life says to continue to do them and continue to reap the rewards. This theory applies here too.
For the past 4 years, I have participated in the AIDS LIFECYCLE. Each year, the week long experiences brought the world into a clearer perspective for me on so many different levels. I learned so much about myself and my abilities to persevere and to accomplish goals; I learned how the power of one person can transmit a goal to a group and how goals of high magnitude can be attained. I learned firsthand, the rewards of how my participation in an event of this monstrosity, can on some small scale; bring about change in the world. This past year, I participated as a Roadie where I was able to see the event from a different perspective. I was able to gain an understanding of the hard work, dedication and the tremendous organization it takes to facilitate an event of this magnitude. Witnessing the hard-working men and women who volunteer their time to help others was the greatest experience. I do know however, that I missed being on the bike.
For these reasons and also because I want to continue to be challenged, to grow and to help others, I have decided to participate in the AIDS LifeCycle for my 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.
I am also participating on an amazing team of men and women who have the desire to live their lives free of alcohol and mind altering substances. Last year, The TRUDGING BUDDIES raised over $230,000 towards the fight against HIV/AIDS and we are coming back for the 3rd Year with a new goal. We are coming out in full force to support, encourage and to produce change in this world. We are committed as a team to make a difference in the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS who are desperately in need of services.
I am 44 years old and I have been living with HIV since 1994. I have seen many people in my life succumb to this horrible disease. Although today, HIV/AIDS is designated as a manageable disease, there is so much work ahead to do to educate, prevent and hopefully one day soon, to eradicate this disease. There are so many people in this world who are unable to receive services and medications. I feel compelled and motivated to take part in this event for the fourth time.
So, as most know, this event is in place to raise money, which will be donated to the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. For those of you who know me personally, you know that one of my passions both professionally and personally IS TO HELP OTHERS. I am committed to asking my family, friends and supporters to make any donation possible. I know that times are definitely tough, however there are many things that happen in each of our lives that give us the drive and desire to carry on even when times are tough. So, I am asking for your consideration in making a donation to AIDS/LifeCycle.
Thank you again for your continued support each year. I am forever grateful for your support!!