SAN FRANCISCO/ LOS ANGELES—June 1, 2014—Participants of AIDS/LifeCycle® 2014 begin their 545-mile bicycle journey today from San Francisco to Los Angeles having raised a record-setting $15 million to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Their achievement sets a new world record for HIV fundraising by a single event, established in last year’s AIDS/LifeCycle, by nearly half a million dollars.
“The participants of AIDS/LifeCycle have just raised the bar even higher, sending a powerful message to the entire planet that they will not back down until the HIV epidemic is over,” said Neil Giuliano, CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “The record-setting funds mean we can reach even more people through our free programs and services, improve health for all people living with HIV and AIDS, and move us closer to stopping the transmission of HIV once and for all. This year’s ride proves that AIDS activism is stronger than ever and lives will be saved because of the efforts of this passionate community."
For 21 years—nine as the California AIDS Ride and 13 as AIDS/LifeCycle—participants in this fully supported bike ride have been raising awareness about the continued HIV/AIDS epidemic. More importantly, they raise millions every year to fund critically-needed services such as HIV testing and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections, HIV medical care, prevention services, research, and more.
"I'm not surprised that we've set another fundraising record," said Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean. "No one is more dedicated to making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS than AIDS/LifeCycle participants. Thanks to their herculean efforts, literally thousands of people will get the medical care they need to stay alive. And we'll be able to continue our work to stop the spread of HIV. This is exactly the kind of dedication it will take to—one day—finally end AIDS."
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 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS nationwide. The infection rate continues to rise among gay and bisexual men, with communities of color most impacted.
AIDS/LifeCycle’s sponsors are FedEx Corporation, OneDrive, Gilead Sciences, Inc., AbbVie, and Wells Fargo. The official Bike Sponsor is Cannondale, and the official Media Sponsor is Instinct Magazine.
To follow the journey during the week of the ride through pictures, stories, and videos, visit aidslifecycle.org.
Registration Open for AIDS/LifeCycle 2015!
Registration has opened for AIDS/LifeCycle 2015, which will take place May 31–June 6, 2015. Before this year’s event ends on June 7, online registration for next year’s AIDS/LifeCycle is being offered for only $50, a savings of $45! To take advantage of the registration discount, go to www.aidslifecycle.org and enter the discount code ALC15.
The riders and volunteer roadies of AIDS/LifeCycle form a diverse, friendly community where everyone is welcome and everyone belongs—regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. Riders start at all levels of fitness, and regular training rides help them get ready to ride—even if they haven’t been on a bike in years (or ever)! The AIDS/LifeCycle staff offers support to help participants achieve their fundraising goals.
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It’s a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California’s most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO AIDS FOUNDATION
No city experienced epidemic levels of HIV faster than San Francisco. At San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we work to end the epidemic where it first took hold, and eventually everywhere. Established in 1982, our mission is the radical reduction of new infections in San Francisco. Through education, advocacy, and direct services for prevention and care, we are confronting HIV in communities most vulnerable to the disease. We refuse to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable. Visit us at sfaf.org.
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER
Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today our health center, shelters, performance stages and classrooms serve more LGBT people than any other organization in the world. We are an unstoppable force in our community's fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world—a world in which LGBT people can be healthy, equal and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.