--36 Hours "in the saddle"
--San Francisco to LA
--Up hills and down hills
--Along the beach and inland
--Cold morning and hot afternoons
--600 Volunteer Roadies
--And 150 of the best Donors (that's you!)...
For my 5th AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC), supporting the life-saving services provided by the LA LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Your donation is needed to provide services to those who are HIV+ and for education and services to help those how are HIV- stay negative.
I have set an aggressive goal of raising $15,151...so think BIG when you click Donate on the right!
Now more than ever, your donation is critical as the current political climate creates significant uncertainty for essential HIV/AIDS services funds.
The LA LGBT Center is fighting against HIV and AIDS on many fronts. Here are some of the ways Your Dollars are used:
• Undetectable – Medication can suppress the virus, making it highly unlikely to spread it and making HIV a “manageable disease”
• Medical Leaders – The Center’s proven Best Practices are shared and used around the country and world so others benefit too
• Diagnose HIV with on-site Lab – The Center does 15% of LA County’s HIV tests (more tests than the next 10 largest sites); 4% of people testing @ the Center come back HIV+ (it’s 1% at other sites), which means the Center is targeting the right populations
• Treat HIV - Someone testing HIV+ gets immediate support, counseling and access to medication; consistent, proactive follow-up by the Center ensures medication compliance
• PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) – A daily pill to help prevent new cases of HIV, particularly for people at high-risk
• Who - 2,700 HIV patients are treated at the Center each month; 2,400 homeless youth in LA are LGBT and the Center is available to them; trans clinic supports 800 clients from all over the world; lesbian and bi women clinic on Saturdays
7 Great Days:
Day 1 – Opening Ceremonies in San Francisco and then we pedal 82 miles along the coast to Santa Cruz
Day 2 – 109.5 miles to King City – this is the longest mileage day as we pedal inland through the Salina Valley farmland (Steinbeck Country)
Day 3 – 65.3 miles to Paso Robles and low mileage means elevation climbs and today has “Quadbuster”
Day 4 – 91.4 miles to Santa Maria – A mix of sprawling farms, ocean views, remote roads and small towns. We’ll be riding up the “Evil Twins” with an amazing view from the “second sister”
Day 5 – 43 miles to Lompoc – everyone wears red today and as we ride up the switchbacks it’ll look like the AIDS ribbon
Day 6 – 88.1 miles to Ventura as we pedal through expansive ranchlands and wildflower-covered hills down the 101 FWY through Santa Barbara
Day 7 – 67.2 miles to LA through Malibu down PCH before we turn inland to closing ceremonies at Fairfax High School
To make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past, I need your support by making a donation today.
Thank you for joining me in this fight!