The cause and the experience are so great, I decided to ride again!
June 2nd - June 8th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This year, I’ll be one of them!
Cycling has always been a part of my life since my teenage years. This activity has been a source of physical and mental health, catharsis, adventure, as well as transportation. When I moved to Calgary for University, cycling was my primary transportation. In summer or winter, it was how I got from point A to point B. Cycling has also been a time when I get to be alone, relieve stress, and purge all thought. Sometimes it’s just meditative, other times I have a chance to work out problems.
Cycling has also been a great way to see the world. I spent a year biking and camping through Central America, took my bike along on trips, and utilized bike-share programs in countries worldwide. I can think of no better way to explore a new area. I just enjoy being outside and being active. I truly am happiest when I am on two wheels and pedaling, any type of bike and any speed, it just makes me happy!
AIDS has also been a part of my life since my teenage years, and has also shaped who I am as a person. Knowing I was gay as a teenager, and reading how gay men were dying from this disease in the early 80's had an impact on how I lived my life. I committed to a relationship at an early age, and stayed in it longer than I should have because I felt it was safe. During my late teens and early 20's, it was heartbreaking to see my closest friend at that time, multiple other friends, teammates from sports, and acquaintances simply die. It was such a different experience from my straight friends of the same age at that time. I remember worrying that a sore throat or the slightest cold might mean I was infected and would die.
AIDS has impacted me and shaped me, influenced my decisions, and dictated how I lived my life. Though tragic, it also brought me closer to people. It brought me closer to my gay community of Calgary, and now my new home in Palm Springs. I’d like to contribute with an act of hope.
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?