Articles by Aileen Brown
Aileen Brown and Brittany Schmitt, scaled the “Quadbuster” as part of the AIDS/Lifecycle – a cycling event and fundraiser aimed at “ending the pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS”. Here are Aileen’s impressions:
There stands the final Peets Coffee, before we ride to the finish line in Los Angeles. 545 miles behind us and one more hill left to go. We pulled over, grabbed a cool beverage and cheered in those riders behind us passing through. Over 2300 cyclists pushed out of San Francisco seven days ago before a crowd of strangers and pulled into LA, as a united community. Over $11 million dollars were raised by the riders to benefit The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.
Did you know that in California alone there are 151,000 people living with AIDS/HIV? Nationally, 70 percent of all new infections occurs 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.
My colleague, Brittany, and I are hoping that to raise awareness both by fund raising and participation in a week long cycling event – the AIDS/Lifecycle. Over the course of seven days, we will travel five hundred and fifty six miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles. We will become part of a traveling community representing thousands of people who cannot ride with us. Each participant signs up and commits to a specific minimum donation to contribute to the federation of foundations sponsoring the rides.
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