Bennett's Ride for AIDS - 2017
On July 8th and 9th, I will be joining hundreds of other individuals riding 200 miles in support of the 2017 Ride for AIDS Chicago.
I'm participating in this event to raise vital funds to support HIV services in the community at both TPAN and Center on Halsted. 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.
TPAN, a leader in peer-led HIV/AIDS services in Chicago, was founded in 1987. The publisher of Positively Aware magazine and a direct service provider, TPAN provides free prevention, mental health, and case management services for those living with or vulnerable for HIV, hepatitis C, and related illnesses.
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood.
The months of training and preparing for this Ride is nothing compared to what people living with HIV go through on a daily basis. I ride for friends I've lost, and those I don't want to lose.
Thank you so much 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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