Why am I doing this ride....again?
This is an important cause to me. I have lost too many friends to HIV/AIDS, and have many friends who are living with the disease. I just had a conversation with someone who was completely uninformed. It's 2019 - I don't get it. That's why we have to continue to get the word out.
I have committed myself to 10 years of riding in AIDS Lifecycle - I figured that's my body's committment and I am halfway there and riding 545 miles is NOT easy! 2019 will be my 5th year riding, 6th year committed. My goal for 2019 is to support the back of the pack, because I am the spark that lights the fire (star wars reference!).
For 2019, for EVERY $1,000 raised, I will repeat and do QUADBUSTER (on Day 3, 1.5 mile climb of 2,000 feet elevation) that many times. Eg, raise $5k, do Quadbuster 5x. Help me with this challenge! I did Quadbuster 2x in 2018, now I am challenging myself this!
If you have watched Pose, Dallas Buyers Club, Philadelphia, Normal Heart - well, those movies are hard to watch because I think about the friends lost in the 80's. I still haven't finished all of the episodes of Pose because it's just too hard to watch. But it's a constant reminder that I need to keep fighting for my friends and people whom I don't know who are afflicted.
We have lost an entire generation to HIV/AIDS. Today, we are losing young people's mind's about not being educated about the disease.
I love my supporters, my repeat donors, my team, my fellow riders, the roadies, and the organization. Will you please help me continue for 2019?
2014 - $5,770
2016 - $7,850
2017 - $5,700
2018 - $7,460
I am riding for those we have lost, are afflicted, those around me who are affected by this disease, and those who cannot ride. Most of all, I am riding to inspire awareness in my friends and family. I have committed myself to 10 years of ALC or when we do not have to ride because a cure is found.
THANK YOU FOR READING THIS and your support! When you see me, please yell out "HEY Panda Bear!" Rider #1120!
-danette. aka "dd"
aka "Mama Seal"
aka "Panda Bear"
aka "Mama Bear"
Left Magazine May 2017 featured me in a photo shoot and article about AIDS Lifecycle