285 miles on a bike, Boston to New York City, three days. It's the craziest test of physical endurance I've ever dared to attempt. And to be honest, I wasn't entirely sure if I could follow through with it. But today, with only a few weeks left before the starting line on September 28, I am resolved to continue a year—and hopefully a lifetime, henceforth—of living fearlessly.
Living fearlessly is also the guiding principle for thousands of individuals living with HIV and AIDS who are served by Housing Works, the fantastic organization that this bike ride supports. Housing Works is the largest grassroots AIDS organization in the U.S. whose mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. In addition to housing, Housing Works services include healthcare, case management, meals, nutritional counseling, substance use treatment, legal assistance, and job training.
Living with HIV/AIDS while homeless is a frightening prospect. Housing Works provides the critical services that make living fearlessly a possibility for those who do.
And now I need your help. I have a hefty fundraising goal of $3500 to make this ride. Whether it's because you have been touched by HIV or AIDS in your own life, or because you're sweet on me, or because you'd like to cash in a favor from Gene at a later date (no problem!), I humbly ask for a donation of any amount. If you'd like to make a per-mile donation, the full trip is 285 miles. :)
I've been training throughout the summer, and not as much as I'd like with a demanding full-time job. But I know I can do it, with your support. I treasure all my friends and family who give me the confidence and inspiration to take on a challenge like this.
If you're in the NYC-area on Sunday, September 30, please join me at the finish line! Hopefully I'll still be upright enough to give you a sweaty but euphoric hug.
My heartfelt thanks for your support—and please forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
Here's to living all our lives without fear!