The H.E.R.O. Creed - I have risen before dawn in this fight against AIDS - I’ve rallied family, friends and strangers to support me in this fight - I’ve spent mornings, afternoons and weekends training for those who can’t - I have spent hundreds of dollars on equipment, clothing and energy bars - I have learned hand signals, how to clip in, and the importance of stopping at every stop sign - I have yelled “Car Up!,” “Car Back!,” and “On Your Left!” approximately one million times - I’ve raised thousands of dollars to support the well being of someone else’s life - I will stand in line with my closest friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and to use the bathroom - I will ride side by side with them for the same cause - I will spend a week sleeping in a tent, eating in a tent, and showering in a truck - I will make over two thousand new and interesting friends while raising public awareness of HIV/AIDS - I will laugh out loud and cry with them - I will dedicate a week of my life to improve someone else’s - I will do things with my body I did not think I could do - I will boldly show the world how strongly I believe in this cause - I will ride my bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise awareness and money in the fight against HIV/AIDS - I am a California AIDS/LifeCyclist - I am a HERO.
June 2nd-8th, After taking a break from riding last year to support the ride on the Sweep Team, I'll once again be getting back in the saddle to ride 545 miles down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the AIDS/LifeCycle. I'm two years older, and a few lbs heavier than last time I rode in the LifeCycle. But that last time was the first year I rode every single mile. So fingers crossed I can do it again!
This will be my 8th year on this amazing ride (2 yrs roadie-ing and 6th year riding), with amazing people, for an amazing cause. Fortunately I have the support and means to fight my battle with this disease however not everyone is as fortunate. That's where we can make a difference, TOGETHER! Because of your donations the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center can continue to provide the critical services and education needed to meet the growing needs of our community. We ride to raise awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors, and the general public. We ride because—in the current political and economic climate—these agencies need these funds more than ever. Ultimately, we ride so that someday, we won’t have to.
We're working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?
A Snapshot of my first year in the "Love Bubble".