So this is the first time I have ever publicly said this on such a large scale. I’ve never hidden my truth but I have never publicly proclaimed it either. So here goes...
In the winter of 2003 my life was forever changed when I was diagnosed with HIV. I never got upset, I understood the consequences of my decisions and choices that I made.
The moment it hit was when I got to Arizona. I met with a doctor who did my blood work and came back to me with my follow up. At that moment reality set in. My illness had progressed to the point that I was knocking on deaths door and a diagnosis of full blown AIDS.
I was immediately put on a treatment, a pill that not only would begin to pull me out of vail of death, but begin to breath life back into me; but it too came with “side effects”. I suffered from night terrors, waking up in cold sweats, irrational behaviors and multiple kidney infections. Over time I began to deal with my symptoms and thankfully more advanced medications became available and I was given better and safer options.
Through all of this I have been given a better since of value on life and how precious it is; sad that the lesson came at such price. I am also reminded of all those who came before me and when they were in the same situation did not have the options I have been given with regards to medication and advancements in science. Now it is manageable but for them they lost the fight after having gone through such harsh and painful treatments.
Then to hear whispers that our President is pulling funding from HIV/AIDS charities such as Ryan White foundation to fund his insane campaign of border control and the atrocities he has done to innocent families just seeking a better life.
People depend on this funding for their health, for future treatments, and for maybe one day a cure. We have to do better.
Why do I ride?
I ride for myself.
I ride for all those who can’t.
I ride for who lost the fight.
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’ll be one of them!
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. My goal to raise is $3,500.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?