June 4 - June 10, 2017, I'll be a RIDING 545 miles in 7 days from San Francisco to Los Angeles to help to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS and taking my best friend with me.
On Februrary 13, 2016, while out riding, my best friend had a very bad accident during our ride. As a result, she was in a coma for 10 days and suffered, what has been labeled as, "severe head/brain trauma." She has a very long road ahead of her. This was going to be her first ALC and it was one of the biggest things she was looking forward to.
It's been incredibly difficult to find the momentum and drive to get back on my bike since the accident and to do training rides without her. That said, I KNOW she would be so upset if I didn't continue - for the both of us. This year, I will take Aubrey with me on our ride TOGETHER. I will be carrying a piece of her jersey with me & have her rider number tattooed on my arm. When the climbs get difficult and when I'm short of breath, I will look down and be reminded of why I'm riding and how lucky I am that my legs are sore and my lungs are labored.
My goal is to help raise $5,000 and for the FIRST TIME EVER be able to wear a $5k jersey on the Ride and make Aubrey proud! Maybe forgo your coffee for the day and donate it here? :-) Anything helps and EVERY single dollar counts!
Here is where the money goes & how you can help:
- $10 buys 114 condoms. We know that condoms, properly used, prevent the transmission of HIV.
- $30 covers the cost of STI treatment for one patient. The presence of an untreated STI infection greatly increases the risk of HIV transmition.
- $100 covers the cost of Hepatitis A and B vaccinations. Coinfection (HIV and one form of hepatitis) makes treating HIV more difficult.
- $150 covers comprehensive HIV/STI testing for one patient.
- $180 covers the cost of providing HIV prevention counseling for a group of up to 20 teenagers.
- $250 covers the cost of administering 20 rapid antibody HIV tests at a testing site. This is the easiest way for people to test and know their status. It is estimated that 1/6 of people who are positive do not know their status.
- $1,000 covers the cost of providing Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) for one person. Within 72 hours of exposure to HIV, PEP can prevent someone from becoming permanently infected.
- $5,000 covers the cost of one full year worth of lab testing for 18 people who live with HIV. Most patients need 4 tests per year in order to monitor their CD-4, CD-8 counts and viral loads for managing treatment.
- $10,000 provides counseling services for more than 250 clients in one month (this is precisely what I do at the LA LGBT Center). We address substance use, intimate partner violence, mental health and STI/HIV education and prevention. In counseling sessions we focus on reducing aspects that are the leading predictors of HIV infection.
- OR $10,000 covers 3 months of psychosocial case management for 300 HIV+ patients.
- $25,000 covers 5 months of mental health therapy for 28 patients.
- $35,000 funds an STI/HIV Counselor for 1,200 clients per year. Apparently this is how many people I get to meet and talk with over the course of a year!
Help me support AIDS/LifeCycle by giving what you can. We'll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
Thank you, SO MUCH, for all the support!
Theresa Do | AIDS/Lifecycle Rider #1547
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