June 2nd - June 8th, 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 will be riding and Cristine will be a medical Roadie!!!
Why I chose to ride:
A fellow co-worker of mine, Steve Stump, conducted a two year long investigation regarding a serial rapist who infected dozens of victims with the HIV virus. Fifteen brave men came forward who are HIV positive and shared touching stories. Steve spent sleepless nights working on the investigation and ultimately, on the side of justice, the predator received a thirty year prison sentence. Steve wants to do more for these men and learned about the AIDS/Lifecycle. One morning, during shift change, Steve approached me and asked, "Dude, do you ride?" I replied, "A bike? I mean, yeah, to Whole Foods and back." Then he asked me if I want to ride all the way to LA as part of AIDS/Lifecycle. As he told me his reasoning for wanting to help, I could hear the enthusiasm in his voice and was honored he asked me to join him. So without hesitation, I told him I would ride along side. It's what partners do.
Although the DECISION was easy, preparing for this journey will require countless hours of training and mental focus. I've committed my time to make sure that I'm ready. Getting on a road bike will be completely new to me. By June 2nd, I will need to be prepared to ride an average of eighty miles a day. Between now and then, I promise to spread the word about this great cause and to raise a minimum of $3,000 to help end this disease. This money will benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the clients they serve. For that, I'm asking you to please help Steve and I go "above and beyond the call of duty" by donating as generously as you possibly can. To the victims of sexual assault in Steve's landmark case and to others who rely on services provided by these organizations to survive, every dollar counts.
Will you support us by making a donation today?