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Subject: Round 2 as it were


Author:
Jessle
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Date Posted: 18:40:49 10/23/06 Mon

I've just registered for the ALC 2007, check out my page at
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.aidslifecycle.org/1690">http://www.aidslifecycle.org/1690</a>

This is my second year doing the ALC and I'm starting early with big
ambitions. Last year I was only able to ride half the miles due to
some nerve damage left over from being hit by a truck, but this year
I'm hoping to do the whole thing. I'm also hoping that since I'm
doubling my miles I can double my fundraising as well.

What is the AIDS LifeCycle, or ALC? It is a 585 mile bike ride from
San Francisco to Los Angeles to end HIV and AIDS. With infection rates
world wide well over 40 million people (imagine if every single person
in Los Angeles and New York City were infected. Its more than that)
and the US alone seeing around 40,000 new infections each year HIV
remains a critical pandemic.

AIDS is a disease that affects everyone regardless of orientation,
gender, or socio-economic standing. Half of the nearly 5 million new
infections every year world-wide are occurring among people aged 15 to
24. Seventy five percent of new infections in US women are
heterosexually transmitted. AIDS does not discriminate and neither can we.

I am registered for this ride in my current home town of Los Angeles.
This means that all money raised goes to the Jeffrey Goodman Special
Care Clinic which provides over $13 million worth of HIV and AIDS
treatment to those who can not afford the immense put of pocket
expense, and to the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, who in addition to
running the special care clinic offer testing, education, advocacy and
prevention services. Please check out the link on my ALC page.

So why am I riding? Because I must. Because being angry youth is all
very well and good, but it doesn't mean anything if you don't try to
change the world for the better. Because my cousin had a baby, good
friends are expecting, and my brother will some day, and I don't want
those children growing up afraid to love. Because there's too much
pain and fear these days. Because last year I needed something
positive to help me get over my crippling accident and resulting
phobias, and found the most caring supportive experience you could
possibly imagine. Because I can. Because so many others can not.

And a special note to Capiz, Julie, Roland, Chris J., Sebastiano,
Patrick C., Tea, James R., Roberta, Steve, Clark, Fred, Abby, "A",
Patrick H., James T., Alethea, Matt, Dan, Goose, Danielle, Chris G.,
Holley, Melissa, Xaque, Hadley, Erik, TXT, Mom, Peter, and especially
Dave; thank you all so much for your support last year. You are all
heroes.

"In the generations to come, you will be asked "what did you do to
stop this epidemic?" and I am proud to say none of you will be found
lacking" -Lorri L. Jean, CEO LA Gay & Lesbian Center at last year's
closing ceremonies.

Early birds, get your donations in before Halloween and get a magical
super happy fun Halloween present!

As always, if you are not in a position to donate at this time, thank you for
reading and please pass this on.

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