Hello again lovely humans! I would be remiss if I was not including a note sincere thanks and gratitude for the encouragement and donations received for for my ride in June of 2019. The ride was a true affirmation of the strength of the human spirit and the good that can be archived when people come together for a common goal. For the 2019 ride, the total raised was over 16.7 million dollars. These donations went to work to provide health and human services to people fighting HIV/AIDS. The work accomplished is amazing, but there is still work yet to do. Because of this need, I signed up and will be participating in my 2nd AIDSLifecycle ride in 2020. My training and preparation are only a small part of this effort, I am once again reaching out for your financial support to fight HIV/AIDS and encouragement to keep me focused and on track as I prepare for my ride out day of May 31, 2020.
Every dollar counts and every education conversation makes a difference. Please join me as we make a difference in lives today and future generations.
I ride because I was around in the 1980s when HIV/AIDS became a reality. I watched friends from the LGBT+ community literally disappear into hiding, some never to be seen again. This was before the days of cell phones, email and text messages. When someone didn't show up at a social gathering or was suddenly absent from the hallways at work, that's when we learned that they were sick. I remember vividly the fear based conversations and some very sad comments and uneducated remarks. We have come a long way, but sadly we have a long way yet to go.
That was a long time ago, so why all of a sudden would I sign up for this ride? Well, last year, a friend of mine who was born in the early 80s told me that a friend of his from highschool was very sick and had been moved into hospice, his friend was dying from AIDS. That gut punch feeling hit me again just as it had more than 35 years ago.
This disease needs to go. There have been too many bright, beautiful, intelligent, creative, loving, caring, gifted and amazing people lost in my lifetime. Please, let's work together and end HIV/AIDS in my lifetime.
Please click the link, and donate today. Do this for those that are no longer with us, for those that are fighting for their health and for future generations. Someday, this ride will no longer be needed, let's make that day happen together!