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March 2017

TBT: Working to end AIDS

In 1993, I was one of the early AIDS Action Committee participants to walk for the cause in a Boston event called the AIDS Pledge Walk.

Back then, unwarranted stigma associated with HIV was particularly evident.  For instance, when asked if it would match donations, EMC didn't want its namesake associated with HIV in any way whatsoever; a virus, no less.

Many of my fellow employees in EMC Engineering knew this was wholly discriminatory and made donations regardless of the controversy.  Their gesture may not seem like much now, but it was a big deal then.  I'll never forget the positive feeling of receiving my first donation from Joe Murphy.  It gave me hope for the future.

I think those with HIV still experience unwarranted stigma even today.  It's amazing to say that because, again, it's a virus!  

As folks donate to my cause now, 24 years later, I feel hopeful again, that these fundraising efforts, at the very minimum, do the important work of diminishing ignorance about those with HIV, and in turn, any other misunderstood medical condition.

Here we are in 1993:

1993 AIDS Walk Poster 3

Meanwhile, it's been tough getting on the road because of weather and scheduling conflicts, but I was able to get a little training ride in yesterday after work:  Lexington17

65 days until the event kicks off in San Francisco! ... Thank you ALL who have already donated -- I am 61% to my $5,000 goal!
 


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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
     

WILL YOU SUPPORT ME BY MAKING A DONATION TODAY?

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.