Most of you already know why AIDS LifeCycle is so important to me, and why I've been involved in this phenominal cause since 2011.
In 1998 I lost my best friend to AIDs after a very brave 14 year battle. You see Chris, or Topher as I liked to call him, was the best pal anyone in the world could have asked for. We met in college in Washington, D.C. in the early 1980s. I was young, and Washington D.C. was far away from home for me. Chris, being 10-years my senior, took me under his wing for what would be the rest of his life. Who does that?!
After graduation, we drove from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles and started new lives there. He went on to pursue his PhD and I went on to learn about life in the big city. He pretty much taught me everything...how to rent an apartment, how to get and keep a job, how to make friends, and how to take care of myself; body, mind, and spirit. He was the big brother I never had and I suppose i was the little sister he never had. He was diagnosed HIV positive in 1985, and eventually succumbed to AIDS, dying in 1998.
I don't know how many of you have ever had a friend like that. I hope you have, or that you do. He changed my life and I am who I am today because of the guidance he provided to me at such an impressionable age.
I first heard of AIDS LifeCycle in 2011 when I sponsored a rider. That rider challenged me to ride in 2012, which I did, and I was hooked. I have been invovled ever since and have raised nearly $25,000.00 because of generous and thoughtful donors like you!
My hope is that some time soon there will be no need for AIDS LifeCycle becasue there will be a cure for AIDS. And in the meantime, the best we can do is raise funds, and awareness for this disease that is still taking precious lives. Thank you for your support of this mission!