In 1988, I attended the first tour of the AIDS Quilt at the Castle in Boston. Anyone with even a shred of humanity couldn't leave the Castle's hall without feeling helpless and lost at what they had witnessed. Being in that hall underscored the darkness we were all living through.
The Quilt tour was so long ago, almost 30 years. We thought AIDS would be eradicated long before now...
And now, I am working to help achieve the mission to close the book on AIDS.
On June 4th - June 10th, I will be one of over 3,000 Cyclists, Roadies, and Virtual Cyclists 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.
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.
Did you know?:
- At the end of 2013, the most recent year for which such data are available, an estimated 1,242,000 adults and adolescents were living with HIV
- The San Francisco AIDS Foundation provides: Affordable Healthcare, Harm Reduction, HIV Testing, Solvency, Housing, and Strategy
Note: If you're like myself, you want to ensure that the organization you're donating to is ethical and fiscally responsible. This site discusses the fiscal health of the organization, and the services that it provides: http://tinyurl.com/herp49n . Also, Charity Navigator gives the SF AIDS Foundation an 87.36 rating http://tinyurl.com/CharityNavSFAIDSFoundation where 48% of funds raised are spent on human services. Similarly, the LA LGBT Center has a Charity Navigator rating of 94 http://tinyurl.com/CharityNavLALGBTCtr where all funds raised are spent on human services.