In the 2018/2019 school year, I am beginning and completing my second year at Oberlin College, a school that I deeply love, but whose admissions motto is “Believe one person can change the world? So do we.” This mindset is important. It gets you going. It gives you a place to start: with yourself. If each one of us thought that another person would do the work for us, we would never try to change anything.
But one person cannot change the world. It simply cannot happen. It takes a village. It takes a city. It takes a community.
When we ride, there are many times where continuing to ride is too much. Whether there’s been one-too-many mechanicals for a single day, or the exhaustion from 5 days of riding finally catches you right before Rest Stop One just outside of Lompoc, we all reach our breaking point at least once on the ride. But it’s the community around us that keeps us going, that gets us back on the bike to pedal just a little further. And it’s that same community that makes this event possible. There is no single person who makes the LifeCycle, rather it is the sum of the contributions of each and every individual that makes it all possible.
And I have seen this community come together in every way it can. Be it for training rides, workshops, or volunteer opportunities, week after week, individual wants for change come together to make something that lasts. But this community is even bigger than the thousands of riders, roadies, and volunteers preparing to move down the California coast for a week in June. This community is all of the virtual riders across the country. This community is all of the people who have been affected by HIV/AIDS. This community is you. It has been you who donated, you who spread the word, and you who believed in the power of each individual to power the whole.
And it is you who continues to make this whole endeavor thrive. You are the reason we are stronger, because we will always be stronger together. Join me again this year to help in the making of a world free of HIV/AIDS.
The LifeCycle spans seven days and 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles—entirely by bike. Its goal is to realize a world rid of AIDS but support those who need help right now. The donations we receive go directly to the SF AIDS Foundation and the LA LGBT Center to help fund needle exchanges, provide potentially life-saving treatments to those affected, and create prevention programs in high-risk communities—which are disproportionately impoverished and minority.
My fundraising goal is $5,000, and with your help, I will raise every cent of it. Anything you can give means the world, from a monetary contribution to simply passing on the word to a few people you know.
If you do have the ability to donate, it would be worth looking into if your employer matches donations. To find out, talk to your HR department. Then, include my participant name (Tori Knapp), number (1413) and event (AIDS/LifeCycle) in the field on the application or online form for "Designation" or "Purpose." Be sure to send it directly to the attention of Donor Services at AIDS LifeCycle and contact me if you have any questions at all!
Thank you so much for your contributions to my ride and to a world that will one day be free of AIDS.
Hey have you heard of PrEP??
Unfortunately not many people have. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and is an extremely effective way to prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS. You can think of it as a parallel to taking The Pill, only instead of preventing babies it prevents HIV/AIDS. Please spread the word about this life-saving medicine! To learn more, check out this page: http://sfaf.org/hiv-info/basics/prep.html
Hey have you heard of PEP??
Generally, more people have heard of PEP than PrEP, but it is still not widely known. PEP stands for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis and is a goof back-up plan in helping prevent the transmission of HIV/AIDS. You can think of it as a parallel to taking a Morning After Pill, only instead of preventing babies it prevents HIV/AIDS. Please spread the word about this life-saving medicine! To learn more, check out this page: http://sfaf.org/hiv-info/basics/pep.html