June 10, 2012

June 10, 2012
Finishing the ALC 11

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far. It has been another busy weekend for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. There is so little time and so many things for us to do.

For the past seven days, Dab the AIDS Bear has been riding with several of our Ambassadors of Hope on the Positive Pedalers team doing the AIDS Lifecycle 11. They are taking pictures with their Dab the AIDS Bear every step (or cycle) of the day while spreading the bear's 31 year message of hope, love and compassion for people living with HIV and AIDS.

I am still getting pictures sent in daily so as soon as I have them all, I will be making a slide show featuring Dab the AIDS Bear on the ride. But I would like to take this opportunity for thanking all of the riders of ALC11 for what they do for people living with HIV and AIDS. You are our heroes!

What's that? You have never heard about the AIDS Lifecycle. Well then I will blog about the event today.

AIDS/LifeCycle 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. 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.

So why do they take a week out of their lives to do the ride?

It’s easy to think that HIV/AIDS is no longer a problem. Medications have come a long way, and people are living longer, healthier lives. This is why the work of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is so vital. These agencies continue to provide the critical services and education needed to meet the growing needs of our community. We ride to raise awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors, and the general public. We ride because—in the current economy—our agencies need these funds more than ever. Ultimately, we ride so that someday, we won’t have to. AIDS is not over

In California alone there are 151,000 people living with HIV. Nationally, 70 percent of all new infections occur in communities of color and people under the age of 25 are increasingly affected.

The costs associated with medical care and treatment for a person with HIV are about $20,000 per year. Access to life-saving drugs, clinical trials and state-of-the-art treatment helps those with the disease live a longer and better quality of life. AIDS/LifeCycle will help those living with HIV/AIDS gain greater independence and get the treatment and care they need. Prevention services geared towards high-risk populations will ensure that future generations will not experience the same level of loss that we have faced in the last two decades.

As the number of people living with HIV increases, so does the need for the services provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, the two agencies producing this event.

AIDS/LifeCycle is the only AIDS fundraising bicycle event in California organized by the non-profit agencies that will benefit from the money raised by its participants. Our sole concern is providing critical services to people living with HIV and AIDS. Your support and commitment to this event is pivotal to our success. Your participation and the monies you raise will allow us to provide these critical services.

To learn more about the AIDS Life Cycle, you can check out their website at: http://www.aidslifecycle.org/index1.html

Hope you are having a safe and great weekend!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab