Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

Incredible $15.1 Million Raised by AIDS/LifeCyle® Participants

As the 2,800 participants in this year’s AIDS/LifeCycle were huddled together early in the morning on Sunday, June 4th, preparing to begin their seven-day, 545-mile journey to Los Angeles, they learned the news that collectively they had raised an incredible $15.1 million for the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

“We’re living in unsettling times when the health care of many Americans, including those living with HIV/AIDS, is at stake,” says Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. “That’s why we’re more grateful than ever for the heroes—and sheroes—of AIDS/LifeCycle who are journeying 545 miles to help end AIDS and care for those living with HIV. They’re supporting the Center’s many HIV/AIDS-related services, including the free or low-cost health services of our Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic and our vanguard work to protect people from infection.”

In the seven days it takes the riders to reach Los Angeles, more than 500 people in the United States will become infected with HIV. One out of every eight people living with HIV nationwide is not aware of their status. Since 2002, when AIDS/LifeCycle first began, participants have raised more than $236 million and completed more than 58,000 journeys on bikes from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

“The commitment that AIDS/LifeCycle participants demonstrate to raising awareness and funds for HIV-related services is awe-inspiring,” said San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Joe Hollendoner. “Without their drive, compassion and determination, our goals of reducing new HIV transmissions and increasing the health and lifespan of those living with HIV would be out of reach. I am proud to ride along these heroes as I participate as a cyclist in my first AIDS/LifeCycle.”

Despite remarkable progress that has been made since the disease was first discovered in 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over. Currently there are 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS nationwide and an estimated 39,000 will become infected this year.

AIDS/LifeCycle’s sponsors are Gilead Sciences, FedEx, Chevron, and Wells Fargo. The official bike sponsor is Cannondale.

Follow the journey during the week of the ride through pictures, stories, and videos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @aidslifecycle.

Published June 08, 2017

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