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AIDS Ride Revisited (sort of)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Things often have a funny way of working themselves out. After making my previous post regarding my decision not to do the AIDS Ride, I checked my email and found a similar event happening down here in a couple weeks (albeit on a much smaller scale). Being Alive San Diego is sponsoring the Ride-4-AIDS cycling event to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS research. All the money raised through the event will go to the UCSD AIDS Research Institute, a non-profit organization focusing on bench to bedside research, treatment and education about HIV/AIDS and Being Alive San Diego, a non-profit direct service organization helping those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS.

On a much sadder note, immediately before I found out about the San Diego ride, I learned that a close friend of a very good friend of mine (and someone who I have spent some time with, as well) had just been diagnosed as HIV positive. I can’t even fathom the range of emotions and tribulations that this person and his friends and family must be going through. He will definitely be at the forefront of my thoughts for the duration of the ride.

The ride I will be doing is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 1st and will consist of a 25 mile loop through Harbor Island, the Cabrillo National Monument and Seaport Village. I have set my fundraising goal at $400 which I think should be very doable. Training starts tomorrow…

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  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are you sure this money will go to the AIDS ride or is this going into your travel fund? hhaaaHHHAA!


  • At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Glad you came around. I think you'll easily hit your goal; maybe you should go for double?


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