June 2nd - June 8th, over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies and Virtual Cyclists will be participating in AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545 mile 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.
This year, I’ll be one of them!
It took me a long time to get behind this idea that I can actually bike from San Francisco to LA. But I am now committed. It wasn't until I finished a century ride a couple of weeks ago, that I considered myself capable enough to ride (thanks Michelle). The people I met on that ride were so friendly and supportive. They're the kind of people that I like to be around; the kind of people that build each other up constantly; give each other energy and encouragement to do things you didn't think were possible (like bike 545 miles!!) and no one gets left behind. I am riding to challenge myself but also for those out there that need help, support and care and also for those who would like to but can't do the ride themselves. 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. Will you join me in this cause?
We’re working together to make HIV/AIDS a thing of the past. Please support me by making a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE donation today and/or forward to family and friends who may want to support the cause. Just click the orange Donate Now button somewhere on this page. Also check with your employer to see if they have a donation matching program for charities; this way you can double your contribution (Holy Trifecta Batman - worthy-cause donation, tax-deductible and company match!!) and help me achieve my fund-raising goal even faster. If you are able to get a company match, please include my name and participant# (4886) on your match request. Thank you
If you are not able to donate financially, you can show your support in other ways:
1. Join me on the ride!! What a great way to see the coast? Slow tourism by pedal power.
2. Spread the word and ask others to help: post on social media / send texts to family and friends with the link and ask others to share and donate.
3. Volunteer: https://www.aidslifecycle.org/roadies-and-volunteers/
Being a roadie for AIDS/LifeCycle is no cake walk. They are up before dawn doing hard physical work all day, each day of the ride. Some say it's harder than riding (sometimes, but still lots of fun with great camaraderie). But for riders and roadies alike, fundraising is by far the hardest part.
Please join me on this journey. With your donation, you'll be part of something bigger than any of us. Help put an end to this epidemic with a generous donation. We'll keep this ride going until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past.
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Why is riding so important, an education
Last year ALC raised $16.6 Million! That money allows both the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center to provide free or low cost access to quality, culturally competent care for those who need it most. Both organizations have low overheads which means the majority of donations go directly to the individuals they serve. This ensures that those individuals who are HIV positive and don't have healthcare, can get medications to decrease their viral loads which helps stop the spread of HIV. This is a win-win for everybody
"Well, Michelle, they have millions of dollars, they don't need my money." Well, you make a good point but this is THE major fundraiser for both organizations for the whole year and how long do you think that money will last with the cost of research. Last year, not only did they give out close to a million free condoms, provided clean and safe needle exchange, they also counseled clients in health care, social care, law, and provided advocacy and education. Despite what some may think, HIV/AIDS still affects millions, even though it's not currently in the news. In 2016 alone, there were 39,782 new HIV diagnoses just in the US. Some states don't even provide services to help these individuals! Those people must travel to Los Angeles or San Francisco to receive treatment and help.
by Michelle Bombardier on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 @ 4:55 PM