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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.
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.
Last year I watched hundreds of individuals join together to pull off this amazing event. As part of the TPAN family, I had the opportunity to serve as a Pit Crew member and have the privilege of showering each Rider coming into the Pit Stops with lots of love – lots of water, snacks, sunscreen, and necessities, too, but mostly love! :) I was truly amazed by the Riders’ efforts and their abilities to come together with support from Crew, Volunteers, Community Members, and Donors to be on the frontlines fighting for something they believe in. Throughout the year these Riders trained a lot - I mean a lot - more than I could have possibly imagined. I had the opportunity to Crew on a few Saturdays and Sundays to assist the Riders and I just couldn’t believe their selflessness. It was so obvious to me that they weren't training for themselves – they trained for this cause. They trained to support TPAN. They trained to fight stimga. They trained to provide services. It was all about the community, all about the funds being raised for vital services, and all about fighting stigma together. It was a beautiful thing to watch and I felt blessed to be a part of it. We can accomplish so much more together than we can alone.
Serving as a Crew member was a vital part of the Ride experience – this event couldn’t happen without Crew and I loved doing it! I encourage you to Volunteer, Crew, or Ride if you can. This year, however, I want to push myself a little more and and help raise funds to keep TPAN's doors open and continue to serve the community.
I can tell you from firsthand experience that the money raised through this event literally changes peoples' lives. I know this because I work at TPAN and serve our Clients each and every day. I work with Chicago Youth in the Client Services Department – Youth living with and vulnerable for HIV and related illnesses. I continue to do this work because there is still so much that needs to be done. Providing necessary services, combating stigma and raising awareness about HIV/AIDS is essential to this fight and that’s a key part to the mission of the Ride for AIDS Chicago.
I hope you will join me in 2017 for this Ride. Each one of you & your support and all of the Clients I serve are motivation to power through these 200 miles. The months of training and preparing for this Ride is nothing compared to what people living with HIV go through on a daily basis. Join me for something that is bigger than us. Like I said, we can accomplish so much more together than alone.
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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