Philip's Ride for Life
I'm training for the Ride for Life, a two day bike ride in September to MI and back, 100 miles each way. The event benefits an organization in my neighborhood, TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network), that provides healthcare and supportive services for over 2,000 people in Chicago affected by HIV. This support is crucial to many folks in both my LGBTQ and recovery (from drugs and alcohol) communities.
I’ve realized in adulthood that because I didn’t grow up around openly-LGBTQ people and wasn’t educated about queer history, I still feel I feel quite disconnected from the experience of queer folk who came before me and who endured lifetimes of silence and isolation, the devastation of the AIDS epidemic, and the unimaginable hatred and neglect that followed. Taking part in this event is a step in my continued work to re-member and integrate my queer identity. Please consider supporting my efforts with a donation and/or by sending this request on to other folks who might consider supporting. Thanks!
Through the Ride for Life Chicago, thousands of donors and more than 300 volunteer cyclists, advocates, crew, and team members help provide care to 2,000 people every year in Chicago and a lifeline of HIV health and treatment information to more than 100,000 people across the country. Our mission is to empower all lives affected by HIV and its many health challenges. The name “Ride for Life” reflects this event’s powerful impact: every mile, every donation and sponsorship, and every volunteer helps save lives through the work of TPAN and our community partners.
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