San Francisco to Los Angeles bike ride raises record
for HIV/AIDS funding
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
June 11, 2006
The AIDS/LifeCycle bike trip, which began in San Francisco a
week ago and ended today in Los Angeles, raised a record setting
amount of money to fund HIV/AIDS services.
The $8 million raised from 70,000 donors through the event will
go to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay &
Lesbian Center to fund support services for people with HIV.
More than 2,200 bike riders made the weeklong, 585-mile trip
to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and to raise money to combat
The ride also marked the 25th anniversary of the first reported
case of AIDS.
"In this 25th year of the fight against AIDS, 2,200 participants
took a week out of their lives to remind the world that AIDS deserves
all our attention," said Mark Cloutier, executive director
of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
"There are 150,000 Californians living with HIV and an expected
2,000 new infections this year. This money will fund services
for those with HIV and support us in new innovative approaches
to reduce HIV infections," Cloutier said.
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