Emotions run deep at closing ceremonies for 2014 AIDS LifeCycle – riders raise $15 million
Before heading to the Pride festival yesterday, I headed out to West LA to attend closing ceremonies for AIDS LifeCycle.
It’s such a beautiful afternoon with 2,500 or so riders completing their 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles after seven days on the road. They raised $15 million to support the HIV/AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
There were a lot of hugs and tears and smiles.
Some riders are HIV positive, some rode in memory of loved ones who died of AIDS, many road to contribute to the cause, to tackle the physical challenge and to be a part of what becomes a close-knit community.
“I’m proud and humbled by the week we have spent together,” San Francisco AIDS Foundation CEO Neil G. Giuliano told the riders.
Added LA LGBT Center CEO Lorri Jean: “Thank you, thank you, thank you for making this such a phenomenal event.”