Why I Ride (by Karen Z.)

I was drawn into helping people with AIDS by St. Mary’s Church in Laguna Beach. Helping out on an AIDS Care Team for 15 years, I became very close to several care partners as we walked through their last years together and learned first-hand of the tragedy that is AIDS. Two years ago, I was recruited by a good friend to do the CA AIDS LifeCycle, a 7-day ride from SF to LA. It turned out to be one of the most fun weeks of my life – helping people out by fundraising and cycling through beautiful California. And it got me into great shape! This year is my 60th birthday and I decided to do another ride to celebrate it and to attempt to raise $6,000. Dozens of generous, compassionate people have helped me reach that goal. It’s a privilege to be a top fundraiser – but even more, I’m very happy to help out the thousands of people living in the OC with AIDS. We all look to the day when there is no need for all of this. But until that day, I’m happy to help out.

Posted: September 28, 2010


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