From June 2rd – June 8th, I will ride 545 miles on my bicycle, along with 3,000 cyclists, roadies, and virtual cyclists from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
This is my SECOND AIDS Life Cycle, and I could not be more excited to once again go on this incredible journey and help raise money for the free health services for people living with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco & Los Angeles.
Last year was an incredible experience, and what was the most incredible was how much love and support I got from my friends and family.
This year, I am looking to raise
Why I ride...
I ride for everyone who is currently living with, or affected by HIV/ AIDS.
I ride to commemorate and remember all the lives we have lost due to the epidemic.
I ride for our youth, to educate them about HIV/AIDS and ensuring that they practice safe sex.
And Lastly, I ride becuase there is still so much more work to be done.
According to the CDC in the United States:
- In 2016, 39,782 people received an HIV diagnosis.
- At the end of 2015, 1.1 million people in the United States were currently living with HIV. Of those people, about 15%, or 1 in 7, did not know they were infected.
- In 2016, gay and bisexual men accounted for 67% of all HIV diagnoses.
- 1 out of every 5 diagnoses in 2016 were among women.
- 74% of people diagnosed with HIV in 2016 were people of color.
- Young gay and bisexual men accounted for 84% of all new HIV diagnoses in people aged 13-24 in 2015.
In Los Angeles and San Francisco:
In 2015 there is an estimated 60,000+ of people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, 14% not even knowing they have it.
in San Francisco, over 16,000 people are currently living with HIV/AIDS in 2016
What $5,000 can do…
- Covers a full year of medical supply costs for 200+ patients.
- Funds 5 clients receiving PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) to prevent HIV infection after potential exposure.
- Provides HIV prevention counseling to 600+ teens.
- Provides 400+ rapid HIV and antibody tests.
AND SO MUCH MORE!
Join me and sponsor my ride!
I am a community ambassador and a humanitarian at heart, with much of my life being dedicated toward helping those in need.
After moving back to Los Angeles from San Francisco, I have constantly been looking for ways to give back to my community. Currently, I coordinate a mobile shower program with Lava Mae Los Angeles, to bring radical hospitality and crucial hygiene services to communities experienceing homelessness.
I also volunteer for a variety of queer organizations and events that uplift and strengthen our community.
In my spare time I like to be adventerous. I love going out to explore cities and nature, going to cultural centers such as museums, community centers, and historical sites, etc., and dancing!
About the AIDS Life Cycle:
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7 day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, co-produced by and benefiting San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The event raises awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic and funds services such as HIV testing, prevention, care, and much more.
Since 1993, when the Ride began as a for-profit event called “California AIDS Ride”, participants have raised more than $200 million and completed more than 42,000 journeys on bikes from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and Los Angeles LGBT Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law.