TL;DR – You can donate here – fauxcyclist.com
Wait… You’re doing it again?! Yes, yes. I am doing AIDS/LifeCycle again this year. I may not be as frequent with the fundraising emails (or the training, for that matter), but I am even more passionate about the ride this year as in years past.
In my mind, the ride is important for two distinct reasons. The main reason at the center of ALC is fundraising for the supporting organizations. The organizations for which you donate money are doing important work. The SFAF and LAGLC work every day to reduce infections, provide testing to make people aware of their status and provide support and treatment to those who have tested positive. These are essential services that make the entire community more healthy.
The second reason is the ride itself. One of the unique problems that exists with trying to detect and treat HIV/AIDS is stigma. Unlike getting a routine screening for cancer or diabetes from your doctor, getting an HIV test holds a certain weight. The ride works to break through the stigma by putting a face on those affected by HIV and the supportive community around them. If we break down the barrier of stigma, detection and treatment will improve tremendously, especially in marginalized communities. We make thousands of impressions and start hundreds of conversations with people along the ride, in addition to the wide media coverage we receive. We get noticed for a reason. The 2500 riders and roadies going down the California coast in June send a message that we can beat HIV/AIDS.
“Many people suffering from AIDS and not killed by the disease itself are killed by the stigma surrounding everybody who has HIV/AIDS. That is why leaders must do everything in their power to fight and to win the struggle against this stigma.” – Nelson Mandela
I hope you will donate. Your money will be put to good use. Click here to donate.
P.S. I am going to be much better this year about taking pictures and sharing my experience. The updates will be posted on Twitter at twitter.com/danjahner and over at post.danjahner.com. Check me out.