I'm Riding to End AIDS
From June 3rd - June 9th, 2018, I'll be a rocking Roadie for AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can - Truly, every single $ helps so no amount is too big or too small. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
During my first experience with ALC2014, the complete and total love and acceptance I witnessed and felt myself was unlike anything I have ever experienced. The 'love bubble' as it is called is a very real thing - no one cares if you are gay, straight, bisexual, transgendered, male, female, young, old, positive, or negative - they just want to love and accept you for who you are right here and now. It was at that moment that I felt engulfed in this love bubble that I made the decision to come back again in 2015 (and again in 2016, and 2017)- only this time as a cyclist myself. Those of you who know me best know I hadn't been on a bicycle in almost 25 years. Well, that's changed. This is an opportunity to help those living with HIV/AIDS and to also help raise awareness so that we can stop the spread of this virus. How can I NOT do this? Yes, it was a struggle to get into shape and do this thing - but it is nothing compared to the struggle and stigma that those living with HIV/AIDS face on a daily basis.THIS year, in 2018, due to some personal physical things, I won't be cycling, so I've decided to come back as a Roadie and be a part of the crew caring for the cyclists. Below are some reasons why I'm riding. Please read and give whatever you can.
I'm riding because I have friends living with HIV and I want them to always be able to obtain the treatment that they need so that they can continue to share their amazing spirits with the world.
I'm riding for those 500-700 healthcare workers who contract HIV through accidental needlesticks every year. As a healthcare worker, this could be me at some point in my career.
I'm riding in memory of my father who passed away from a heart attack in 2007 at the age of 57 and who taught me how very important it is to help other people; that when you are blessed, as I have been, it is important to pass those blessings around to those in need.
I'm riding to do my part to try to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Even if we are not able to cure it right now, WE CAN stop the spread of this virus! I want my nephew and future children to be able to live in an HIV-free world. The highest number of new cases are in those 25 years and younger.
I'm riding to do my part to end the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. You don't have to be a drug addict or gay to get this disease. It is an all-inclusive virus - it doesn't care who you are or what you do, how much or how little you have, what religion you practice or don't practice, who you sleep with or don't sleep with, etc. If you are human, you can potentially contract HIV. Help raise awareness on how to prevent the spread of this killer.
I'm riding because of the sense of gratitude I feel for those folks that continue to selflessly help others; their grace is an example of which I continue to strive to emulate.
Please give what you can by clicking the donate button. The life that you help save or extend may be your family member or friend. If internet donations aren't your thing, email me and we can get you a form for a donation. You can even spread out your donation over several months if you need to. A little perspective...a $25 donation is like eating at home instead of going out to eat just ONE TIME and skipping that $10 Starbucks just one to two times/month is a $100 donation over a 10 month period. That donation can help provide prevention options, testing, counseling, or medication.
Thanks so much for reading and donating! Wishing much love, light, happiness, energy, and blessings to you!!!
All my love, Joelle