May 25 update: Thank you for joining me in this cause!
June 3rd - June 9th, 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! 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.
Having lost my 56-year-old brother Brian in February of this year makes it all too real what it has meant to so many who have lost loved ones prematurely to HIV/AIDS. My intent is to celebrate his life on every hill between SF and LA. He loved the ocean, so I will try to see the scenery as if through his eyes.
Two days after he died, my mother learned of a suspiscious mass in her colon. It was successfully removed on April 2, what would have been Brian's 56th birthday. Strange timing, eh? I spent 2 1/2 months in the DC area with her, and she is doing well in her recovery from cancer. She is my largest donor to date, having given $545 or $1 for every mile! I ride also for my uncle Steve Dye and dear friend Rick Burd, both of whom lived many years with HIV, but died as young-at-heart men with much to give the world in their 60s/70s.
Since early May, I have been hitting indoor cycling classes as much as I can. I am feeling more confident I will pull it together to ride the full 545 miles in June.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?
My Personal Web Log
April Training Log
Riding in Bethesda, MD these past two months has been fun. I've been riding with the Potomac Pedalers. There is a weekly ride out of Glen Echo, a 10 minute ride from my mom's house that is fun, but sets a challenging pace. We typically follow a loop through Potomac, but two weeks ago with the cherry blossoms in bloom, we took a detour through Kenwood, a neighborhood lined with cherry trees.
I'll be joining them again for the so-called "Usual Monday Ride" tomorrow. This may be my last ride with them for a while. Next week we have family in town for my brother's memorial service and then I head back to the SF Bay Area and will have one month to finalize my fundraising and training.
I think I will need to sign up for some indoor cycling classes to make up for lost training hours!
Thanks to everyone who's contributed so far. I have reached the $3000 minimum to ride, and now I am in sight of my stretch goal of raising $5000. I am amazed at the generosity of my family and friends. Love you all!
by Deborah Clearwaters on Sun, Apr 22, 2018 @ 8:00 PM