Seven-Day Bike Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles is World’s Largest Annual HIV/AIDS Fundraiser
SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, June 4, 2017—AIDS/LifeCycle® announced today that participants raised more than $15.1 million dollars to support San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. AIDS/LifeCycle remains the world's largest annual single event HIV/AIDS fundraiser. Nearly 2,200 cyclists pedaled out of Cow Palace this morning on the 16th year of AIDS/LifeCycle with 675 volunteer "roadies" supporting them during the 7-day, 545-mile journey.
"The commitment that AIDS/LifeCycle participants demonstrate to raising awareness and funds for HIV-related services is awe-inspiring," said San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Joe Hollendoner. "Without their drive, compassion and determination, our goals of reducing new HIV transmissions and increasing the health and lifespan of those living with HIV would be out of reach. I am proud to ride along these heroes as I participate as a cyclist in my first AIDS/LifeCycle."
In the seven days it takes the riders to reach Los Angeles, more than 500 people in the United States will become infected with HIV. One out of every eight people living with HIV nationwide is not aware of their status. Since 2002, when AIDS/LifeCycle first began, participants have raised more than $236 million and completed more than 58,000 journeys on bikes from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
"We’re living in unsettling times when the health care of many Americans, including those living with HIV/AIDS, is at stake," says Lorri L. Jean, CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center. "That’s why we’re more grateful than ever for the heroes—and sheroes—of AIDS/LifeCycle who are journeying 545 miles to help end AIDS and care for those living with HIV. They’re supporting the Center’s many HIV/AIDS-related services, including the free or low-cost health services of our Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic and our vanguard work to protect people from infection."
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 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS nationwide and an estimated 39,000 will become infected this year.
AIDS/LifeCycle’s sponsors are Gilead Sciences, FedEx, Chevron, and Wells Fargo. The official bike sponsor is Cannondale.
To follow the journey during the week of the ride through pictures, stories, and videos, visit aidslifecycle.org and @aidslifecycle on social media.
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 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 the Center’s nearly 600 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the 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.
ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO AIDS FOUNDATION
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to eliminate new HIV transmissions and extend the longevity of people living with HIV through a network of direct programs and supportive services. Each year, more than 16,000 people look to San Francisco AIDS Foundation for access to sexual health services, substance use & mental health services, and community engagement and social support programs. Policy and public education initiatives are a critical part of supporting community health and wellness and San Francisco AIDS Foundation advocates at all levels of government. Learn more at sfaf.org.