I'M A ROADIE COORDINATOR TO END AIDS
ALC 2018 will be my FIFTH year of participating in this life-changing event! 2018 will be my second year participating as STAFF on the event rather than as a cyclist. I am the Northern California Roadie Coordinator and I work during the Ride to support the many Roadies and volunteers that make this ride possible.
I love this cause and this community. It's amazing to hear stories every night at camp about the difference WE are making. And we really are. Just since the summer of 2014 the San Francisco Aids Foundation and the LA LGBT center are making huge progress.
Through all of my biking I've learned some sage advice: look people in the eye. When you're on a bike, some drivers treat you as a lesser entity, but when you make eye contact you are telling them, "Hey! I'm a person, not just a bike." This expands out towards other areas of life as well. A huge aspect of AIDS/Lifecycle is eliminating stigma against AIDS and HIV. So, make eye contact, let the world know you're a PERSON and they will pay attention.
Every year I have dedicated my ride in the memory of John Nichols. John lived a safe life and he had the unfortunate circumstance of contracting AIDS from a blood transfusion. My father was his caregiver for 3 years. I was around 7 years old when John passed away, this man, around the same age as my father, died too far before his time.
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. I will keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.