Ride for AIDS Chicago 2017 - 200 miles or bust!
On July 8th and 9th, I will be joining hundreds of other individuals riding 100 or 200 hundred miles in support of the 2017 Ride for AIDS Chicago.
Why do I Ride? In 1995, at the age of 36, my cousin Scott lost his fight with AIDS. He was diagnosed in 1991 when it was still widely thought of as a death sentence. It was just 4 short years between his diagnosis and death. During those 4 years he worked with his doctors and was part of trials, he wanted to do whatever he could to continue living. So much progress has been made since then but there still isn't a widespread cure. I have friends who benefit from the services of TPAN (or similar organizations in their area) and I never want one of my friends to face the same death that my cousin did.
I'm participating in this event to raise vital funds to support HIV services in the community. In addition, through my participation, and with your support we will continue to raise awareness around HIV in an effort to reduce the debilitating effects of shame and stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
The months of training and preparing for this Ride is nothing compared to what people living with HIV go through on a daily basis. Thank you for supporting my efforts.
I'm committed... to be a catalyst for change in HIV/AIDS Community by raising vital funds for those living with or at risk for HIV while simultaneously fighting the shame and stigma associated with the disease.
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