Thank you for joining me in this cause!
In June, I will once again join 3,000 cyclists and volunteers in an emotionally and physically challenging 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness for life-saving services for those living with HIV/AIDS. June 2017 was my first AIDS LifeCycle Ride and the experience changed my life. We call being on the ride the "Love Bubble" because the people and energy can be described in no other way. Everyone who is part of this ride (including you, the donors!) is part of making a difference for those living with HIV/AIDS and those we have lost along the way.
A common topic of conversation during the ride is learning why others are riding. For many, it is to honor those we have lost or for friends or family back home needing these life saving services. I ride because I want to live in a world where there is no longer a stigma towards those living with HIV/AIDS. I ride to educate others being Positive does not dehumanize an individual. This virus can impact anyone - it has no bias. And we must all work together to ultimately find a cure. We have developed medicine allowing members of our communities who are Positive to no longer hear a diagnosis as a death sentence. We have developed medicine to block the virus from spreading to others. And we are on the verge of finding a way to eradicate the virus for good. I was not alive when the AIDS epidemic began in 1981, but I will continue fighting to see it end.
To my amazing family, friends, and coworkers – you helped me surpass the minimum fundraising requirement ($3K) the last two years! You helped me raise $7K in 2018 (yowzas, you're incredible!). With that, I am raising the bar in 2019 with a goal to raise $10,000.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me with a donation today?
Let's save lives together - Ride. Love. Live.
My Personal Web Log
Crossing the first $1K raised!
In celebration of this first milestone, here is a story about one of my favorite moments of ALC. The Ride does a phenomenal job of providing meals, snacks, medical services, etc. throughout the week of the ride. On Day 3, however, our lunch stop is hosted by the Bradley Elementary School. The kids spend their day welcoming us to their quaint town, providing a grilled lunch for cash donations along with selling their artistic creations representing their town. Cash donations for lunch can be designated towards certain activities such as the arts program or science camp. Riders can even pay an extra $100 to enjoy lunch in the comfort of an air conditioned gymnasium (these kids learn supply and demand principles early!). Last year, the lunch helped raise $59,000 for the Bradley Elementary School's Arts and STEM programs. It is their biggest fundraising event each year. The beautiful part beyond knowing that we riders/volunteers are helping to enhance the education of these students, the kids learn the value of hard work while also seeing 3,000 individuals already fighting for an amazing cause willing to give back even more to others along the way. This charity-on-charity loop AIDS LifeCycle helps create for this small town is remarkable and one of my favorite days of the ride!
by Derek Rood on Thu, Feb 07, 2019 @ 9:26 PM