In 2018, I moved to Salt Lake City in the midst of some personal turmoil. A back injury became the excuse I used to step away from participating in AIDS/Lifecycle and my team Hot Wheels. The team has flourished over the last couple of years. This year's team goal will put the lifetime fundraising total for Hot Wheels to over $1,000,000. When I made the decisoin to ride, my biggest fear was the fundraising. I didn't think anyone would donate. Over the 4 years I participated, I raised over $75,000.
My decision to ride was tied to my HIV Positive diagnosis. I took it as a calling to help those in need. As a result of that decision, I stepped into the world of AIDS/Lifecycle and the LOVE BUBBLE. I was hooked from the beginning. Raising money, riding my bike across California, and being part of this amazing new community of friends saved my life and gave me purpose. As a direct result of the ride, I left Corporate America to work at the LA LGBT Center and also beccame a member of the Board of Directors for PosPeds. I threw all of my energy into both of these non-profits because they taught me and allowed me to be the best version of myself.
My story needed to be heard. As a direct result, it inspired an amazing number of people to donate, participate, and support me.
Since my last ride, I have sold my bike, stepped down from the PosPeds Board, and moved to Salt Lake City for a corporate job (which I love!). I have had a ton of other changes in my life. But tonight, I realized what has been missing in my life is a PURPOSE.
Here is my first step in finding a purpose again. I have signed up as a Virtual Cyclist as part of the Hot Wheels team. I have set a fundraising goal of $5,000. Totally doable, I think.