I am so excited to share with you that I'm riding in the AIDS Lifecycle again this coming year! This year, I am celebrating so many things. First and foremost, I am riding with my Fiance, Brian.
Yes, you heard it right - Fiance! After coming off the worst year of my life in 2017, and riding to honor my late partner, Scott, Brian arrived in my life and supported me through some of the most difficult times as I went through so many emotions during the 2018 ride.
He has decided to ride with me and I could not be happier!! Together, we are looking to raise a combined amount of $20,000 to support those that absolutely need this help.
Fundraising this year is the most important its been in so many years. Federal funding is being cut or re-routed and so all of the gains that we have made in the reduction of new HIV infections, we are fearing will be lost.
We spend the most money on healthcare and yet we have one of the worst societies when it comes to health.
These two organizations are on the forefront of helping people take care of themselves and as a result, has worked diligently to reduce the number of HIV infections. San Francisco saw only 219 new cases last year. Read it again, 219! The SF AIDS Foundations wants that number to be zero. But it takes funds to do so.
Did you know that $5000 funds a mobile testing unit for a full year? This is a unit that goes out into the economically and socio-economically challenged areas and brings testing and awareness to groups that would otherwise not have access to it. This testing unit allows people to get tested without fear of retribution or ridicule.
We want to fund a total of four testing units! Two from my donations/efforts and two from Brian's.
This year, you can make a larger donation and spread your donation payments over as many as 10 months. If you can afford to skip 5 Starbucks coffee drinks a month, you can donate up to $30 monthly. 10 payments of $30 and that is $300. All of which is tax deductible to the extent that you can take the deductions.
But, no matter what, Brian and I appreciate your support. FYI - when we ride this together, we will be doing so as husbands. We are so excited, 2019 is going to be an amazing year and can't wait for you to share in our story.
A Facebook page will be published soon. We will ask you to follow the page and there we will post videos, messages and more - its our way of thanking you for supporting us and these great organizations.
A huge thank you from the both of us!
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