Sunday, October 3, 2010

AIDS/Lifecycle 10 Kickoff Letter

Hey everyone! Hope all of your summers have gone well!

Well, here we are again. I am signed up for AIDS Lifecycle yet again, the 560 mile, 7 day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, taking place June 6th – 12th, 2011. It is a fully supported, organized, massive event with nearly 3000 riders and over 500 volunteers.

However this year seems to be a little different. This is the 10th anniversary of AIDS/Lifecycle, and because of that they are saying it’s going to be huge, with lots of press, lots of attention, and lots of riders and workers!

Just as before, my goal is to raise $3000 for the fight against AIDS. This money will go to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which in turn uses the money to fund research, prevention, education and awareness for HIV/AIDS. Last year we raised over $10 Million dollars for this cause, and this year looks to raise even more!

This is very important right now, since AIDS programs are continually facing massive cuts due to the economy. I know we are all feeling the pinch, but for some folks out there, those cuts versus getting the funding they need is a direct life-versus-death predicament.

So, please join me this year in donating money to a great cause that directly saves the lives of people already living with this global killer, as well as those who are in danger of contracting it in the future. (Basically, all of us) Simply click on the link, which will bring you to my homepage for this event, and click on “Donate to Support Erik”. Anything you can spare would be greatly appreciated.

My personal ALC 10 donation page

Last year, I added the challenge of an additional climb up the fabled “Quadbuster” for each $1K I raised over the minimum. I ended up riding “Quadbuster” twice, the best part of which was riding back down and watching the masses climbing up the hill, the never-ending line of cyclists all putting themselves through a little pain for a good cause. And, of course, the odd looks as they noticed one of their own riding back down the hill for another go at it.

This year, however, I would like to do it differently. My goal is to have to ride it 5 or 6 times. That is all up to you, my beloved donors. So, forward this to anyone who may (or may not) be interested, and help me inflict some serious pain for a great cause!!

Thank you all in advance, for whatever support you can give, whether it is monetary, or the forwarding of this (and future) emails, or even the occasional thumbs up. It all means something in the end! Thanks!


My personal ALC 10 donation page