Help Me Make My Difference... Together We Can!
I want to say thank you for making it to my Red Ribbon Ride personal Home page! This year we have broken off into our own team to bring a new group of people together. This is my 3rd year doing the ride with my brother Ryan and his wife Shayna. It is 4 of the best days of summer for us, riding bike for a cause, however let me say that over the 4 days we do our fair share of crying along with laughing and spending time reflecting on what life means to us, or me I can say.
Over the past 2 years of raising money and being involved in the Red Ribbon Ride I have been asked why this is so important to me, why do I ride? So this year in order for others to understand why I am so passionate about this cause, why I ride, raise money and ask you for the third year in a row?
Back sometime in mid 2007 I was diagnosed with HIV, something I was embarrassed about, ashamed of, judged by, wanted to hide from family, friends and everyone. As time passed I became more educated about HIV/AIDS and continue to learn and hope have faith in a cure. I finally started to be able to talk about it to family and friends. I had a great tear filled heart to heart with my mom in a clients kitchen when I told her, after she asked me what was bothering me, that was a relief to finally be able to tell my mom. As time went on I have been more willing to share my story about HIV to others and hope to become more involved. On the first year that I did the ride I asked my brother Ryan for a donation, and he asked me why I was doing this ride, I figured it was a great time to tell him my status. Long story short after another heart to heart with my brother, his wife Shayna & himself now join me on the ride for the 3rd year in a row. We have come along was since 2007 but now when someone asks me why I do the ride I tell them "because I can". I know first hand that not everyone who has HIV/AIDS is not as lucky as me. I am healthy, undetectable and do not let HIV interfere with my life. I have a great doctor and take 2 pills a day. On the other hand many have lost their lives to the struggle of HIV/AIDS, may be sick or disabled, not healthy or strong enough to do a 300 mile bike ride. So my answer is "I ride because I can, and some others are not lucky enough to ride” Along with doing this ride I have also have had many conversations about people living with HIV and been there to help newly diagnosed people to understand, get treatment, and encourage others to become educated.
From July 21 - 24, 2016 I will be participating on the Red Ribbon Ride. Red Ribbon Ride 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.
I need your help to reach my goal of $10,000. 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.
While you're here, 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.
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