Wow. Wow, wow, wow. And ow.
Who would have thought that when I signed up for my first AIDS/LifeCycle back in the summer of 2015 when I was deployed on the USNS Comfort that I would be gearing up for my THIRD AIDS/LifeCycle right now? Aftering completing the ride in 2016 and 2017, I couldn't get enough. I knew I had to ride again in 2018! I can't help it. The experience is too good to pass up! Not only do I get to riding with an amazing team of military riders and our friends, Team OUTserve, I get to meet so many amazing people each year who are passionate about ending the HIV/AIDS crisis.
We have come such a long way in our treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. It's no longer a death sentence. People with HIV/AIDS now have a normal life expectancy. They are *living* with HIV/AIDS, not *dying* from it. Prevention has reached a new milestone with the advent of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis): a once-daily pill that reduces an individual's chance of acquiring HIV by greater than 90%. In San Francisco alone, they have seen a 40% drop in new HIV infections since the dawn of PrEP. I am hopeful that the next milestone around the corner is a vaccine or cure -- or both!
All of these advancements in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS are made possible by your donations. Federal and state dollars cover a lot, but it is the general hearts and souls of people like you that truly help advance us towards a cure. I am truly grateful for all the love and support that you've given me over the past two rides. You've helped me raise more than $11,000 and my team more than $150,000! Take a minute and think about that. That is such an impact and we should all be proud of what we are doing to end HIV/AIDS once and for all.
As I train for 2018 this fall, winter, and spring - please check this page as I post updates. My goal is to raise a minimum of $5,000 by June 3rd, 2018 - but I'm going to be targeting some early goals before that. Donate early. Donate often. (It's tax deductible) <3