Help Me Make A Difference
From July 21 - 24, 2016 I will be participating in my 10th Red Ribbon Ride, which is a 4 day, 300 mile bicycle ride that raises vital funds for eight HIV/AIDS service organizations in Minnesota, providing treatment, prevention and awareness. A few hours after last year's closing ceremony, Paul took me out for dinner to celebrate the Ride as well as my birthday. As I was recounting the happenings on my 9th ride, I stated that it would probably be my last year to ride. "WHAT??" he instantly replied. "Wouldn't you at least want to make it an even ten?" Paul has always been my greatest cheerleader and support in our 50 years together, so here I am--back in the saddle, so to speak! Each rider needs to raise at least $1500 so I need your help to reach my goal. I hope I can count on you to support me on my journey of hope for thousands of Minnesotans with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of infection.
Someone recently asked me if I ride more for the cause or the personal challenge. I definitely did my first Ride in 2004 for the challenge because I honestly didn't know much about HIV/AIDS at that time. When I used to ride for multiple sclerosis, small towns would line the streets to welcome us in. HIV/ AIDS isn't as easy of a sell. When I have done runs for breast cancer, I wore my mom's name and the names of other friends on my back, but I didn't know anyone with the HIV infection when I started doing Red Ribbon. Now I ride for the cause and the challenge. I have gotten to know HIV-positive riders, who have received supportive services from our beneficiary agencies. Last year 89 Minnesotans died of AID's-related causes as compared to 106 in 2009. The Red Ribbon Ride supports a key public health goal of reducing the number of new HIV infections. Of course, my personal challenge keeps increasing with my age, and with the way my birthday falls, I will be two years older on the first day of my 10th Ride than I was on the first day of my ninth Ride! So, I really do need your encouragement as well as your financial support.
As I concentrate on building my training miles, I also need to see my financial contributions grow. I so appreciate the consistent support that many of you have given me over past years, and I hope to add many new contributors to my list this year. Another way you can help is by sharing my information with your family and friends and asking them to contribute as well. I invite you to visit the Red Ribbon Ride website to learn more about the importance of this event and the people who will benefit from the money we raise.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your support!
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