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.
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I'm Riding to End AIDS
From June 3-9, 2012, I'm bicycling in the AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS. Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by making a tax deductible donation. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
Over the past couple of years, one of my friends has ridden in the AIDS/LifeCycle, and I was so inspired by his commitment that I donated to his ride each year.
I made a donation to his ride again this year, but I began to think about giving more. What if I could ride in the AIDS/LifeCycle? Sure, it would mean working overtime to pay for the bike, the gear, and travel expenses, but I could not think of a better cause.
I would never consider something as crazy as riding 545 miles on a bike if it were not for the cause. HIV/AIDS is a devastating disease that affects any and every population. I have seen first-hand how HIV/AIDS can affect a person through my voluntary community service and through my professional work as a nurse. Although it is not an immediate death sentence these days, the disease will radically alter a person?s life forever.
I am riding to protect all of our loved ones from HIV and AIDS. Please join me in this goal by making as generous of a donation as you can to the AIDS/LifeCycle in my name. Each rider must raise at least $3000, but I hope to raise at least $5000. I pay all of my own expenses so your tax deductible donation goes entirely to provide HIV prevention, education, testing, and medications for individuals living with HIV. I invite you to ride with me in spirit as I post updates on my training progress and, of course, on the 7-day ride itself here and on Facebook.
My Personal Web Log
Thank you very much to all my donors! You have surpassed my fundraising goal. However, don't let that deter any of you potential donors. The more money each rider raises, the less significant the cost of putting on the ride becomes. That means a higher percentage of the donations go straight to the beneficiaries. So keep it up, and just for fun, check out this music video:
Article for Advocate
For those of you who haven't seen it yet, I wrote an article for the Advocate, one of my teams sponsors, because they wanted to feature a number of us riders. Check out the link below to read it:
Thank you to all my donors. I have surpassed my $3000 minimum!
How your gift makes a difference
Here are some interesting statistics from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, one of the beneficiaries of the AIDS/LifeCycle:
HOW YOUR GIFT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to end HIV in the city where it first took hold and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco because we refuse to accept HIV as inevitable.
We are guided by three ambitious goals for 2015:
Reduce new HIV infections by 50%, through health services including testing, treatment as prevention, syringe access and support services for 1,500 African-Americans, Latinos, and newly diagnosed men
Ensure all San Franciscans know their HIV status, through over 10,000 HIV tests at five locations in neighborhood "hot spots" and an HIV testing van delivering services citywide
Ensure access to proper care for all HIV-positive San Franciscans, through advocacy targeting Medicaid expansion and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and expanding sexual health services.
With you by our side, San Francisco will be the first U.S. city to end the HIV epidemic.
Your gift(s) to San Francisco AIDS Foundation help us provide the following essential services for prevention and care. While government funding sometimes provides the bulk of the resources to deliver vital services, private support like yours bridges the gap (an average of 30%) and provides us the resources to expand critical services beyond current government funding limitations and fully serve those in need.
$50,000 can help provide a counselor at The Stonewall Project who can see 40 clients a year for harm reduction counseling, which integrates substance use, mental health, and HIV prevention and education.
$25,000 can help provide a half-time peer advocate who can see 50 clients for a year, helping them get to their doctor appointments and assisting them with daily living activities.
$15,000 can help 120 clients at Magnet receive sexual health services, including HIV and STD tests, treatment, education and counseling.
$10,000 can help us provide counseling services for more than 250 clients in one month through The Stonewall Project--which combines substance use, mental health, and HIV prevention
$7,500 can help provide a nurse for one month to administer STD screenings and treatments to 100 Magnet clients
$5,000 can help keep the Stop AIDS HIV Testing RV rolling for one year so that 2,400 gay, bi and transmen can be tested and counseled.
$2,500 can help four HIV-positive people receive safe and stable housing situations for one month.
$1,000 can help provide two Stop AIDS Community Education Forums where 150 men can learn more about HIV and how to live better and longer with HIV.
$500 can help 15 people receive medical benefits counseling to obtain prescription drug assistance.
$250 can help provide ten Rapid HIV Antibody test to test ten people at Magnet, Stop AIDS, or other SFAF sites.
$175 can help provide case management for 15 HIV-positive clients who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness.
$150 can help provide 1,000 syringes through the street-based Syringe Access Service.
$100 can help provide the travel cost for a Stop AIDS Treatment Advocacy Coordinator to attend the medical appointments of 25 clients, providing moral support and to help clients advocate for themselves.
$25 can help a Financial Benefits counselor to assist one person in navigating the private and public benefits systems, including Medi-Cal, Medicare, CARE/HIPP, short-term disability, and Social Security.
$10 can help provide 143 condoms that the Stop AIDS Project will distribute.
Video on the ride
Hey, visitors and donors. I just watched a documentary on the ALC called, "The Ride: 7 Days to End AIDS." It was aired on Logo several years ago, but I got it through Netflix. It's great for taking a look at what goes on during the ride and what it means to the participants. It's quite inspirational and moving.