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AIDS LifeCycle 12

It’s almost time…once more…On June 2nd, I and about 3000 other cyclists and roadies will begin our week-long journey down the coast of California, making our way from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

This is an epic journey in spandex that cannot possibly be adequately described. It must be experienced in order to truly understand what those of us who are veterans call “The Love Bubble”.

AIDS LifeCycle is the most successful charity bicycle ride to date. Each year it raises millions of dollars to fund the work done by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation to help those already living with the disease, and to help prevent it from spreading further.

Each year, close to 3000 riders and roadies make the journey from the Cow Palace in San Francisco to the VA Center in Westwood in Los Angeles, experiencing a community and beautiful scenery like nothing else you’ve imagined.

Every rider must raise a minimum of $3,000 in order to participate (roadies are exempt from this fundraising requirement, but many still raise funds anyhow), and some manage to raise tens of thousands of dollars individually!

Your humble author hopes to raise $5,000 before June 1st. Every single penny raised is important and appreciated, so even if you can only afford $5, please do it! Don’t be embarrassed by the small amount. You’ve just provided condoms to several people. Or if you want to donate a larger amount but can’t afford a lump-sum, the donation system makes it easy to break it up into 10 manageable installments. Doesn’t $250 feel better than $25? And yet, you could probably manage $25 for 10 months.

Look, the point is to donate. It’s such a great cause. Why wouldn’t you want to help?

I will post pictures and updates of my experience on this journey here on the website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. I hope you’ll subscribe to all our social outlets to get the full experience.

And maybe I’ll see YOU here next year!

Riding Until There’s A Cure,

~Laura

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About Laura Sage

Laura Sage
Laura is a single mom to two great kids, and works from home doing website & graphic design. She is also a professional classical singer & violinist, and has formed her own opera company specializing in performing lesser-known operatic works - the Lyric Opera of Los Angeles. She is also attending UMASS Amherst (University Without Walls) pursuing a degree in Arts Marketing with an emphasis in Social Media Marketing. Laura took up cycling about 5 years ago when a good friend of hers told her that she needed something new to focus on during a divorce and custody fight. He was right. Having not ridden a bike since middle school, Laura jumped right in and started training for AIDS LifeCycle - a 545-mile charity bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles - and is about to embark on the journey for a third time.

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