Thank you for joining me in this cause!
In 2017, I rode 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. The prior year I participated as a Roadie. Across both years, Team Andrea raised over $5,000! This year, I'm still serving the cause but as a virtual cyclist since I cannot be at the actual event in June of 2019.
2017 was a life-changing experience for me. I would like to pay back that experience by renewing my efforts for this cause. I have moved back to my home state of Georgia in the metro-Atlanta area. Doing a little research, I discovered that HIV in Atlanta has steadily climbed to reach an epidemic level on par with developing countries, and it isn’t getting any better.
Why? According to HIV.gov, more than 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV, and less than 14 percent know their status. There are 2,386 new cases a year in Georgia, and 75% of the impacted individuals reside in Atlanta. The CDC recognizes an epidemic as anything affecting 1 percent of a population. And think about all the undocumented people who don’t even know they are infected?
Annually, more than one million people from across the country and around the world visit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s online resources for HIV and health education, information, and tools. Since the earliest days of the epidemic the Los Angeles LGBT Center has been providing leading-edge and affordable HIV/AIDS medical care. Medical providers from other countries travel there for training and advice on how best to care for people living with HIV. These two organizations are beneficiaries of this event.
The services provided as a result of the AIDS/LifeCycle 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?