Why I Ride
I am incredibly excited to share with you my commitment to riding my bike 300 miles in 4 days across rural Minnesota – the Red Ribbon Ride! From July 21-24, 2016 I’ll embark on a journey through our beautiful state to witness its rolling hills, beautiful lakes, and miles and miles of me and my two wheels. And I need your support!
I've got two goals here. First, I need to raise a minimum of $1500 and I’ve set my goal to $2500 because I’m an “aim high” kinda gal. Next, to include you on my journey. This part really excites me! I’m training, preparing, and will be pounding the pavement for several days. The opportunity to share my experiences with the special people in my life is something that truly motivates me. Embarking on a grueling journey of self-exploration in the name of helping others – THIS IS WHY I RIDE.
A little about the initiative: The Red Ribbon Ride is a bicycle fundraising event raising vital funds to support HIV/AIDS service organizations in Minnesota. The money raised enables African American AIDS Task Force, Clare Housing, Hope House of St. Croix Valley, Minnesota AIDS Project, One Heartland, Park House, Rural AIDS Action Network and The Aliveness Project to provide a wide range of HIV related services that help in the prevention as well as enable the health and well-being of people living with HIV in Minnesota. This is also why I ride.
A little about me: I’m a competitive athlete. I’m a healthy, hard-working professional. And I’m a single mom. Given the opportunity to ride my bike for hundreds of miles - just me and my Specialized, no kiddo, no meetings, just sweat and sunshine for 4 days - and I am in heaven. Add in the feel-good efforts of raising funds for a worthy cause, this is also why I ride.
And a little about how the initiative relates to me: On June 5, 1981 the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, describing cases of a rare lung infection, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP), in five young, previously healthy, gay men in Los Angeles. All the men have other unusual infections as well, indicating that their immune systems are not working; two have already died by the time the report is published. This edition of the MMWR marks the first official reporting of what will become known as the AIDS epidemic. [aids.gov]
Coincidentally, on June 5, 1981, Kathryn Michelle Higgins was born. In my own unique way, I share a special, life-changing day with AIDS. This is also why I ride.
When you donate to the Red Ribbon Ride in my name, your impact will reach from the Minnesota Fighting AIDS on Bikes initiative, educating the public about HIV and to raise funds and awareness to support Minnesota AIDS service organizations, to me personally, riding to make my body strong, my mind sound, and my people proud! This, truly, is why I ride.
Thank you for caring. Please donate in a way that brings you the sort of joy I feel every time I get on my bike. I appreciate it!
Kat - rider #1135
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