I’ve participated in AIDS/LifeCycle every summer since 2004, either as a cyclist or a volunteer (called a “roadie”). This group of loving, selfless people has become a second family to me over the years, and it makes me feel good to help a sector of humanity that is as real and alive as you and I are. I’ve been involved as a cyclist for seven years and have volunteered as a roadie for five years. I keep coming back year after year because I want to help reduce the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and I want to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.
AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center and is designed to advance their shared interests to end the pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS.
The event is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The 2016 event will take place June 5th - June 11, 2016. Every year, this landmark ride through beautiful California delivers a life-changing experience for thousands of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels united by a common desire to do something heroic.
A few of the goals of AIDS/LifeCycle are to:
- Raise funds to support the HIV/AIDS services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
- Increase awareness and knowledge about the services and programs offered by the benefiting organizations.
- Increase awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors and the general public.
- Increase AIDS activism and volunteerism among the participant and donor communities, inspiring them to become ambassadors in the fight against AIDS.
If you are interested in volunteering as a “roadie”, visit www.aidslifecycle.org.