Dear friends and family,
I hope you are all doing well! If we're lucky enough to see each other in person, we're connected on social media or even if you have been getting intermittent news updates from my mother, you may know that I'm graduating from medical school this spring and starting a residency in Emergency Medicine in Edmonton! To commemorate this milestone, I'll be joining my awe-inspiring friend and classmate, Emma Mitchell, on the AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) in June.
The ALC is a 545-mile (877km for those of us north of the border) bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. As a child of the '90's, I've been fortunate enough to grow up in a time where stigma around HIV has been largely decreasing. However, the physical and psychosocial burden of HIV still has profound impacts on affected individuals and their communities. I am excited to be a part of medical community that knows that HIV is a chronic disease that can be well managed and undetectable = untransmissable.
The services provided as a result of this event mean the world to those who receive them, and your support means the world to me. I would be so appreciative of any amount you're able to give. Canadian friends and family please note that donations are in USD!
Also, please save the date for a music-filled fundraiser on May 18th at the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island featuring yours truly on a shockingly non-classical instrument!