As many of you know 2018 didn't go completely as planned. I took a bad fall 2 weeks before ride out, but with quick healing and determination, I was able to ride more than half the miles. I couldn't have done this without the help of my family, team, and wonderful friends like you! Still that meant there was quite a bit I didn't ride and missed seeing. I am super proud of myself for continuing my journey to ride last year, but I really want to experience the whole route. That is why I have registered for 2019. I want to ride all the miles, see all the sites, and help all those fighting this fight against HIV/AIDS!
My reasons for riding haven't really changed. I am continuing to train for my overall fitness journey. I am also raising funds for a great cause. I do this in memory of my childhood friend we lost and to help so many others that battle with HIV/AIDS every day.
Janet was my first friend when I moved to Ventura back in 1980. We stayed friends up through most of high school, but lost touch when she changed schools. It wasn't until I ran into her mother years later that I found out she was already gone. She was only in her twenties when she lost her battle. She left behind a beautiful little daughter, beloved family, and friends.
Janet's battle was in the early years of AIDS. She didn't have the treatment options back then that others have today. There have been many advancements in treatments and medications since that time, but we are still fighting and fundraising to someday have a world free of HIV/AIDS.
I will ride out on June 2nd from Cow Palace in San Francisco and ride in to Los Angeles on June 8th of 2019. I will do this along with over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists that will be participating in the 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.
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. We're working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past.
Will you support me by making a donation today? Please join my team of Heros!