Aids Lifecycle 2019 -- Here we come!
From June 2 to June 7, 2019 I will yet again make the journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the annual AIDS Lifecycle. This will be my third year as a rider. The last two times have both been epic on so many levels and I know 2019 will be the same!. I am so blessed to be able to experience the ride again in 2019.
I have always worked hard preparing for the rides. Not only training, but also fund raising. I have ridden over trained 12,000 miles in the last 3 years and have helped in raising over $36,000 for the ride. With those funds, my donors and I have literally saved lives and hopefully educated young minds in preventing the spread of HIV / AIDS.
So, you may be wondering why the ride is so epic! Yes, funds from the ride save lives. Plain and simple, this ride is needed by so so many people. There are still new infections ever day and there are still people losing their lives every day.
The ride though also brings out the best in thousands of people. From the 2,700 riders making their way down the coast to the 800 or so roadies helping us, to the families along the route cheering us on, and finally to those waiting at the finish line. For a week, we share our lives and the road as we do a physical and mental challenge that is pretty unique. The outpouring of love and support during the ride is frankly overwhelming.
I am once asking for you to donate for two reasons. One, to help me participate in the ride again, and the second is to help fund critical life saving services. I have set my goal at $10,000 but would like to raise more. It might be financially hard to donate, but as you complete your donation, think of the positive impact you will be making. If you were one of the 120 people whom donated last year, I am thankful you are again donating!
So what is your money spent on?
- $2,500 helps 4 HIV+ people receive safe and stable housing for one month.
- $1,000 provides 2 educational forums for 150 HIV+ attendees to learn how to live longer.
- $500 helps 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescriptions.
- $500 will provide HIV prevention counseling to 60 teens
- $250 purchases Rapid HIV Antibody tests for 10 people.
- $175 provides case management for 15 HIV+ clients who are homeless
- $150 secures 1,000 clean needles to prevent the spread of HIV among IV drug users.
- $100 covers travel for a coordinator to attend the appointments of 25 clients.
- $50 buys 715 condoms for distribution and prevention of the spread of HIV.
- $25 supports a benefits counselor to assist 1 person in navigating the private and public systems, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, SSDI, and Social Security