... help make a difference in the lives of those living with HIV & AIDS
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I hope this letter finds you happy and healthy. I am writing to tell you about the latest challenge I have taken on and to ask for your help. Over the course of three days, from August 13th through the 15th, I will ride across Massachusetts on a 225 mile bike ride as a member of the Motorcycle Safety Crew to raise funds for the Mass Red Ribbon Ride – a collaborative ride benefiting AIDS organizations throughout Massachusetts. Each of the crew members (volunteers) have been asked to raise $150 or more to cover the expenses for housing and food. More than $150 would be great; as it's going to a worthy cause! Please consider donating $20 or more right now
In addition to committing my time and spirit to train for this event, I have committed to raising money for Mass Red Ribbon Ride to help the eighteen (18) collaborators provide needed services to people infected with HIV. More than 40,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with HIV each year, with 20,000 of those new infections occurring in people under the age of 25. While new AIDS cases and deaths from AIDS have declined in the past few years, mostly due to more effective medications, there has been no decrease in the number of new HIV infections.
The money raised from the Mass Red Ribbon Ride will go to eighteen (18) collaborators, together these agencies represent organizations throughout Massachusetts providing essential services to those with HIV/AIDS and working tirelessly on prevention. They provide: health care; housing/legal assistance; research and clinical trials; meals and social support; counseling and family- oriented services to name a few. Many are also involved in essential advocacy and policy efforts on current issues such as passing the state-wide needle exchange legislation or increasing funds for HIV/AIDS services. Providing support and training to medical practitioners, as well as reaching out to vulnerable populations—such as our youth and communities of color—are also key activities. They are in need of funds, and I hope to be able to generate some through my efforts and your generosity.
My goal is to raise at least $150.00. Please help me reach this goal. Send your pledge to Mass Red Ribbon Ride today. You can do this right now, safely and securely, online at http://www.active.com/donate/massredribbonride/chaz Don't forget, your contribution is tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting me in my latest challenge.
If you're feeling extra generous -- Ron is also looking for donations for AIDS LifeCycle III, which is an AIDS fundraising ride in California. Ron has been generous to our cause and is spreading the word on the west coast.