Thank you for joining me in this cause!
In June of 2016, I participated in my first ever AIDS/Lifecycle, ALC 2016, which was the 15th anniversary ride. It was a life-changing event that truly brought my life into perspective. On my way down town to ALC, my bike was stolen off my car. The magic of The Love Bubble started at that moment. A teammate of mine from Team Mary loaned me out his bike to complete the ride. Friends and family greeted me at the finish line, and I was forever changed. The first thing I did when I reached Los Angeles was to sign up for the 2017 ride! My 2017 ALC ride was amazing, but also fraught with injuries, which taught me the important lesson of self-care while pursuing my passions. This lesson certainly carried through to my daily living after the ride. While I was disappointed I couldn't ride every single mile of ALC2017, the Love Bubble embraced me yet again - I made so many new friends and I had new experiences to cherish.
On June 2nd - June 8th of 2019, I will again join my adoptive family of over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists in participating in my third AIDS/LifeCycle! Over the past two years, I donated over $15,000 to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
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.
Many eons ago, while at UCLA (and as a UCLA Alumnus), I participated in Dance Marathon @ UCLA, to raise funds for Pediatric AIDS Research, and to support children with terminal diagnoses. Now, my challenge is to continue that mission in the fight against HIV/AIDS worldwide, and the serve LGBT communities in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Not all of you live in California – why should you donate to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center? Both organizations have been working tirelessly for decades to end HIV in the cities where HIV was first discovered. Their vision is of a profound reduction of new HIV infections in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Their public policy work involves helping to develop and implement the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the formulation of the HIV/AIDS components of national healthcare reform legislation. It is estimated that prevention programs have averted between 204,000 and 1,585,500 HIV infections between 1978 and 2000.
Unfortunately, HIV prevention funding has declined each year since 2001, limiting the capacity of public health agencies and community-based organizations to implement proven interventions. The collective impact of behavioral interventions on HIV incidence will only be realized when such programs are fully implemented and scaled up to reach all populations at risk. Your support helps people everywhere who are impacted by HIV and to prevent HIV infection. If San Francisco and Los Angeles can realize their ambitious goals in the next few years, they will help create the roadmap for the rest of the country and world to follow suit!
YOU can be the difference!!! We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you take a leap of faith with me and support me by making a donation today?