AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law.
Back in the saddle!
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We're on our way
Thanks to my generous sponsors
Alan Jon and Norm Tse
Jon & Ian Shapiro
Brett & Tom
Kevin & Bobby
Lawrence Lim & Brian Nissen
Chris Green & Vince Yue
Michael J. Adee
Duane & Garry
B. Bea Rajsombath
Mr. Jonathan D Carlisle
Ms. Tami Graham
LeVan D. Hawkins
I can't thank you enough for the encouragement you give me through your ALC donation! Trying this ride is really a huge step for me. Then setting the $10K goal seemed even crazier. I'm grateful for the work of the LAGLC both locally and what they're doing globally.
I had avoided getting tested for HIV for many years then finally went to the LAGLC and tested positive a few years ago. It sort of shook up my world and I later signed up to ride in the ALC. Six weeks later I found a lump under my arm. The HIV had led to lymphoma.
"You have an AIDS-defining stage 4 cancer." Those words spoken by my oncologist seemed surreal. I never imagined I would test positive much less be on this new journey. By the time the ride came along I was in the hospital for my first 10-day round of intensive chemo treatment to combat stage 4 Burkitt's Lymphoma. After getting through the cancer battle and a Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant at City of Hope my body's never been the same. And riding in the ALC never seemed a remote possibility... until recently. I started playing with the idea then talked with my good friend and longtime ALC rider and trainer Tommy Gaebel. At that point I couldn't say no when Tommy gave me the confidence to give it a shot.
Knowing all that Tommy's gone through with his health challenges, it gives me inspiration that I can try this. And going to an ALC 10K Club event and meeting people who have raised $10000+, I figured I might as well go for it, set the goal and joined the 10K Club.
Tommy rounded up a bike for me and pretty soon I was doing my first 20 mile ride out to the beach and back. So, I guess there's no turning back!
Thank you for helping me to support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
My Personal Web Log
"Day on the Ride"
Just rode the "Day on the Ride," which was a 70 mile ride from Encino to Westlake Village and back. Other than a couple of flats, it was a great, but chilly, ride. I'd been concerned about some knee pain, but seems to be ok. Was so completely exhausted, I can't quite imagine doing long day rides back to back from SF to LA!
Just shot a video tour of the LAGLC
Just shot this video of the LA Gay & Lesbian Center to show how important it is for us to financially support their great work. https://vimeo.com/89458570
Second training ride
Left knee was hurting like crazy from Oxnard back to Malibu, but what a gorgeous day for a ride! Feeling stonger, but wondering if I can make the 545 miles from SF to LA. I CAN DO IT and so happy to be fighting every mile for people with HIV/AIDS!
Grateful for first donations!
So grateful for Anne Rolstad, Donald Conrad, Duane Van Winkle & Gary and Tami Graham for making the intial donations to kick things off! Thank you!!
Spin & Swim
First week of daily early morning spinning and swimming at the gym. Feeling more confidence I can do the ride!