2016 Red Ribbon Ride
It’s difficult to explain how it feels to go through the 4 days of the Red Ribbon Ride, especially without sounding corny. There is a lot of emotional stuff throughout the weekend. I meet a lot of people and hear their reasons for doing the ride, and learn about the people for whom they rode, the ones who lost their fight against AIDS.
Working alongside some of the people for whom we were raising the money, I am able to see firsthand the good stuff I am doing. It has become more personal to me as every year I have come to know and care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Some have died. I won’t say they lost their battle with AIDS, because they never lost. They fought it. They never let AIDS take over. They rode while they could ride, then they crewed while they could do that. Then they volunteered, and then they stood on the side of the road and held up signs and cheered the rest of us on.
Most of us start out on the ride as strangers. But the Ride changes us. We become part of a very great thing. We make a difference that not one of us could ever come close to achieving on our own. So we keep going, to help stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and to find a cure. We will keep doing this until we don’t have to anymore. And as much as I love the ride, and the people involved, and love spending time with them, I hope that day is soon. I hope every year that it’s our last year together.
I hope that you can join us in making a difference. The money you donate goes to 8 organizations here in Minnesota that help the people who are living with, and fighting HIV/AIDS. Help me beat my goal of $1000.
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