Why I'm Riding
This will be my first time riding. I wanted to join for years, but I always have a reason why it's not the right time. Even this year, it's not the best time for me to do this. I have other personal and financial obligations that need attention.
However, this past year a really good friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer. He was telling me about all the things he wished he had done, and I reassured him that he was still going to get to do them, and in fact, we would do them together.
My friend past away April 1st 2018 at the age of 32. I was in pure shock and denial, I felt like I lied to him. I felt I failed him as a friend at that moment, and every moment that I had been absent in the past. He was an amazingly loving friend and I was so blessed to have him in my life. He helped me through a really hard time in my life, he didn't allow me to be alone, and I'm so thankful he was there. I revisited our text conversations and as cliché as it may sound, he reminded me again how little time we have, and not to waste it.
So here I am! Putting my fears aside and attempting to not waste another moment.
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Life sometimes shocks you really good. I had another friend of mine killed this past January 2019. I kind of checked out since I was still in shock over my other friend I lost to cancer. To loose another 30 yr old soul that I deeply loved is heart breaking. But I have faith what I do here in this ride will bring me peace and welcome new love into my life. It will never replace the two amazing friends I have lost but I feel that it may open the door for me to find others to love and recieve love from.
I'm ridding because HIV/Aids causes loss in more than one way and to more than just the person it infects. I identify with that loss and I know that pain. I'm ridding so that people know we are not alone, we are all in this together. The deep end isn't so scary if your holding someones hand.
I’m raising funds for the AIDS LifeCycle for those who feel alone and hopeless and seek medical care through the LGBT centers and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The LGBT Center was this first place I ever got tested.
It made such a difference to be treated like I was doing the responsible thing rather than receiving awkward looks and questions which still happens in other medical care places for LGBTQ people.
I’ve utilized the amazing group therapy sessions that the LGBT center offers as well. This organization does so much for people and I can honestly say they treat you like family because you definitely are. For those who get kicked out of their birth families, this is the place they come to find a new family, a new start with love and support.
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What the AIDS/LifeCycle is
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.
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Will you support me by making a donation today?