AIDS/LifeCycle finished its most successful year yet, with 2,350 bicyclists and 600 volunteer “roadies” raising a record $13+ million for the HIV/AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation. The seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles began on June 5th, the exact 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS. Riders came from nearly every state and 11 countries. “I’m enormously proud that AIDS/LifeCycle has set a new fundraising record of more than $13 million,” says Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. “Even though the economy is still stagnant, the riders and roadies of the ride rallied like never before, both to support vital HIV/AIDS-related services and to raise awareness about this continued epidemic.”
“Three decades after our nation’s fight against AIDS began, we are still fighting to vanquish this horrible disease—and everyone in the wonderful AIDS/LifeCycle community shares a commitment to make a difference in that fight,” she continued.