Thank you for joining me in this cause!
People have asked me, "Why are you doing this?"
I’m really fortunate. As strange as it may sound, I’m fortunate that I have lost only 2 friends to HIV/AIDS. I’m fortunate that in all likelihood, that number will not grow.
I’m more fortunate than other friends of mine who have had to helplessly watch friend after friend die. I’m more fortunate than other friends who have had to attend funerals on a near weekly basis. I’m more fortunate than friends who had to choose which funeral to attend, because they had to bury several friends on the same day.
HIV/AIDS has left a massive hole within the LGBT community and their families. There is an entire generation of people missing. Their experience and wisdom will never be passed down. The upcoming generation has fewer role models and examples to look to, because they’re not here. They’re all dead.
Because of research and the subsequent medical breakthroughs, younger generations will not suffer the same fate as those who came before them. Ground-breaking and life-altering advancements, like Truvada for PrEP, keep HIV-negative people from contracting HIV, despite exposure. New medications are allowing HIV-positive people to live full, healthy lives with little to no risk of transmission, if they stay on their medication regimen. The research for these types of advancements are funded by organizations like AIDS/LifeCycle.
Because I am so fortunate, I have a deep obligation to the community. Riding the ALC allows me to do my part to put an end to the devastation that HIV/AIDS has caused. I choose to ride, because I am so fortunate and cannot forget that.
About the ride:
June 2nd - June 8th, over 3,000 brave souls 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?
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