2015 Red Ribbon Ride
My first participation in an AIDS ride was in California with my brother. I wanted to support him in a cause that is so important to him and to share the experience with him. It was a life-changing experience. Four years ago I joined the Red Ribbon Ride for the first time and I knew no one on the ride. Everyone I met, from my first contact at the Red Ribbon Ride to the closing ceremony welcomed me with open arms and I have made many friends over the years. I started riding to support my brother and I continue to ride to support my friends as well.
I ride with my friends to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS.
- New infections must stop! I ride to support education, outreach and intervention programs.
- Stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS must stop! I ride to raise awareness; to end stigma and fear.
- I ride to support those living with HIV/AIDS. All 8 benefitting agencies provide services to people infected with the disease. Housing, case management, meals, transportation to medical appointments, community, support and hope. This just scratches the surface of the important services they provide.
I’m back for 2016! AIDS has not gone away. The stigma of the disease has not gone away. The need for services for people living with HIV/AIDS has not gone away. We cannot give up the fight and the hope for a world free from HIV/AIDS. I need your help to reach my goal of $5,000. Please support me on my journey of hope for thousands of Minnesotans with HIV/AIDS and those at risk of infection.
You can make a donation to my fundraising campaign right here by clicking on "Click here to make a gift to Laurie", just above the thermometer. There is also an option for regular monthly contributions to help make contributing easier on your budget. Donating on line is easy and secure. If you prefer to write a check, you can download a donation form by using the link at the bottom of the page.
Spend some time on the site to find out more about why this event is so important, and learn about the people who will benefit from the money we raise. Once again I am looking forward to taking four days from my normal routine this summer to ride almost 300 miles with my friends and then I go back to life as I know it. I ride for those who cannot ride and the "life as they know it" is living with HIV/AIDS. Please help.
Your support means more to me than I can say. Thank you!
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