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2,000+ Cyclists in AIDS/LifeCycle to Take Off on June 6, Expected to Raise More Than $11 Million to Fight AIDS PDF Print E-mail
May 23, 2010 at 07:10 PM

How many people can say that they have pedaled a bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles?  Next month, these people can—after they complete the 545-mile, seven-day AIDS/LifeCycle ride.

More than 2,500 cyclists and volunteer roadies will take off on June 6 from San Francisco’s Cow Palace and arrive in Los Angeles on June 12.  They’ll raise millions of dollars—and awareness—to support the HIV/AIDS services of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

It’s not a gay story; not a straight story; not a HIV/AIDS story; not a young story or an old story.
It’s a people story. It’s a story of promise, hope, a renewed faith in humanity and the open arms of a colorful community of characters. Characters like the Cookie Lady, who serves morsels of motivation as riders cycle through the Salinas Valley, and Orange County drag queen Ginger Brewlay, who dons a different outrageous outfit for every day of the ride.

(West Hollywood) will be riding after her third liver transplant, two hip replacements and two knee replacements.  She is 53 years old and will be accompanied by her oldest son.

(San Jose) will be participating for the seventh time, first as a roadie and now as a rider. Last year, he raised more than $20,000, far beyond the $3,000 minimum required to ride. His story is about overcoming abuse as a child and losing more than 100 pounds to make it on the ride.

(Costa Mesa) was using IV drugs by 15, got sober at 19 and has been clean for three years.  She rides out of gratitude for a needle exchange program—like the one offered at San Francisco AIDS Foundation—that enabled her to get through years of using drugs without contracting HIV.

And, with the upcoming 30th
anniversary of the first reported case of AIDS (2011), it’s a story that needs to be introduced to a new generation that may be too young to remember the 1980s—when HIV/AIDS truly became a pandemic —but is now bearing the largest share of new HIV infections in the United States.

User Comments

Comment by Atiba on 2012-11-29 16:31:44
Dear bobby townsend and anohtny polimeni, my name is michael delgado and i was a stylist frm Allure salon I would just like to say thank you for letting me be a part of your organization for the day it was a wonderful experiace and thank your for letting me be a part of it ! you guys did a wonderful job and when you guys mentioned that it was a matter of thirty days what a great accoomplishment and great turn out ! also thank you for sharing your storys and educating me more about aids awareness and getting tested once again thanks much ! keep your head up and keep on doing what your doing! In best regards, Michael Delgado

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