Hello friends, family, and other charming people!
This year will be my first experience participating in the Aids Life Cycle Ride! I'll be riding more than 545 miles in 7 days, from San Francisco to LA, to help raise funds for the SF AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. More specifically, the funds we raise will help provide free medical care, testing, and prevention services.
In addition to asking for your support in my fundraising efforts, I will personally be contributing by donating the money I earn from teaching indoor cycling classes toward my goal.
If you'd like to know more about my story, read on - otherwise, before you go, please consider donating (and/or forwarding this page to others who might like to contribute) to help make HIV and AIDS a thing of the past.
Committing to ALC has brought back memories of my time serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, where over 2 million adults and children were living with HIV in 2017 (http://www.unaids.org/en/regionscountries/countries/mozambique). During my time as a volunteer, I helped Mozambican teachers and administrators organize science fairs where testing for HIV was made available to all attendees. We provided testing for thousands of people, of all genders and ages. It was not uncommon for more than one person - often a young person - to be informed they were HIV-positive during our science fair testing services.
Now, more than two years later, my day-to-day work consists of data analysis and riding a bicycle, everywhere. Finding a way to integrate my work in Mozambique into my life post-service has not been intuitive for me.
But committing to ride to raise money for this cause feels like a step in the right direction. I'm grateful for any support, financial or other, that comes my way as I work to raise money for a cause that affects so many people around the world.