I learned about the ride because I volunteer once a week at the Housing Works Bookstore on Crosby Street. A staff member there challenged me and, after some thought, I decided to take the challenge.
Quizzically, skeptically, a friend asked me simply "Why, at 65, are you doing this?"
It's simple. I have my health and this gives me the chance to put it in service to a great cause. I lost a friend, Dick Weinstock, to AIDS back in the 90's, so I'm riding in his memory. My mother, an English nurse who survived the London Blitz during World War II and who later, as a doctor's nurse, saw the ravages of AIDS first-hand, would have encouraged me. As would my father who, after surviving 25 missions on bombing runs over wartime Germany, taught me that you do what you have to do. I think that says it all.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts.
Many thanks for your support -- and don't forget to forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!
John Dunn, Rider #71