"Mother Mary full of grace, help me find a parking space." - A.B.
Just remembering these words brings a smile to my face and brightens my heart. This was the effect that Albert Bell had on all of us. He was full of love, light, levity, and laughter. He was my father's best friend. He was there from the start of my life until the end of his. When I asked my father to tell me about his passing, he wrote this:
"Albert (Bell) died in November 1993 - two days after Thanksgiving. He decided to stay for Thanksgiving, then took his morphine two days later. He was 43 years old - born February 27, 1950. There wasn't much left of him physically when he decided to end it, but he was still mentally alert as ever. He gave me this gold bracelet the week before he died. I haven't taken it off since. He was a good friend. I miss him."
Albert, like so many others, was a light extinguished too early as the result AIDS. His love and light are still alive in my heart, and it is in his memory that I ride. It is my hope that I can bring even a fraction of what he gave to me to all those who may be affected by this disease.
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!
I will ride because I have the rare and precious privilege to participate. I am aware that so many unique and absolutely exceptional conditions have been provided to me in this lifetime to put me in a position to be able to do this. I have been blessed with unfathomable gifts, privilege, and opportunity. I never want to take these for granted. I ride for all of those that cannot ride. I ride for the joy, the love, the commitment, and the FUN of riding with all of those who can.
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?