Why I’m participating in AIDS/LifeCycle 2013

June 2-8, 2013 I’ll be riding 545-miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in AIDS/LifeCycle. These are some of the reasons I’m participating in this important cause.

In memory of Uncle Doug

In memory of Doug Wallace - 1954-1986
In memory of Doug Wallace – 1954-1986

Uncle Doug was my mom’s brother. I was only 10 years old when Doug passed away of AIDS-related complications in 1986. I remember when I was younger when Doug and his partner would come to visit for Christmas.

I remember my family telling people Doug died of cancer, because of the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS in the 80’s. Growing up my mom and my grandma would often say I reminded them of Doug.

I can’t tell you how much I would have enjoyed getting to know my uncle, who left this world too soon at age 31.

Douglas Eugene Wallace Obituary

Friends and acquaintances

I have several friends, colleagues, and family who are directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS. I hope doing this ride will positively impact them by educating others and raising awareness in the general public of HIV/AIDS.

I also know a number of uninsured people suffering a wide range of serious medical conditions who can’t afford the health care they need. Through the fundraising portion of this effort, I hope to help many less-fortunate people receive medical care they need. I’ve seen first-hand the impact not having health insurance can have on one’s life.

Personal challenge

There’s always the personal challenge of a 545-mile, 7-day bike ride, but compared to what someone affected by HIV/AIDS or any other serious health condition may go through, the ride should be a piece of cake. That and I am a little bike crazy. I love bikes, but have never previously attempting a multi-day ride, sleeping in tents along the way. Cross your fingers for me! I know I’ll be in good hands.  😉

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