I Ride Because I Can
From July 13 - 16, 2017 I will be participating on the 15th Anniversary 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. 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.
Over the next few months I plan to update this page frequently so you can follow my progress, so please visit often. 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.
Thank you for your support!
My Personal Web Log
Why I ride
Over the past week, I've been asked multiple times why I'm biking and why I'm fundraising. I'd like to take this opportunity why I'm so passionate about HIV/AIDS non-profits and ending this disease.
First, I'm riding to raise awareness. There is a major misconception that we've found a cure for HIV/AIDS. This is certainly not the case, we are still years & possibly decades away from a cure. That said, we have never been this close, which makes awareness and fundraising more important than ever before.
According to the CDC 50% of gay black men will contract HIV in their lifetime. Additionally 1 in 4 latino men & 1 in 6 white men will also become infected.
These numbers are shocking as is and when the main cause of new infections is not carelessness but rather the financial burden of protection and prevention and lack of education and awareness of the virus, this disease is completely preventable.
In fact, most people under the age of 25 have never been tested, which is quite scary as they are the demographic at the highest risk, but when there is a pill out there that cost $1.15 a day that completely prevents new infections, these numbers are inexcusable.
With these pre-exposure pills averaging at $35/mo and post-infection care costing on average $36,000 a year, zero new infections is completely attainable and should be one of our biggest priorities.
So that's why I'm biking. I'm biking to provide protection and prevention methods to people who couldn't otherwise afford them. I'm biking to stop this horrible disease from spreading any further, from taking any more lives and I'm biking to rid our society of the stigma that having HIV makes you a dirty person. I'm biking because I can.
I am so humbled and grateful for the outpour of support over the past week, in the last 5 days I have received $1,670 which brings me to 83% of my goal. With 157 days left to fundraise and train I know I can far exceed this goal with your help.
by David Dillon on Mon, Feb 06, 2017 @ 1:22 PM
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