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. 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# (3290) 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 continued
By donating today, you'll help ensure more people are getting tested, have access to care and will be living healthier and happier lives. Did you know that if someone suspects they have HIV and is tested immediately they can decrease their viral load? Once a person gets their viral load down, it is difficult to spread the virus and virus symptoms can become virtually undetectable. Testing is extremely important.
HIV does NOT discriminate. Anyone can contract HIV through sex or intravenous drug use. It's not a "gay disease" although it affects the gay community the most. HIV rates in Hispanic and Black men are still on the rise. Saying AIDS is no longer an issue is exactly why we still need to do this ride, because it still is an issue. It's just not at the heightened epidemic state as it was in the 80s and 90s because of the medications which are giving people longer lives
by Michelle Bombardier on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 @ 4:58 PM