Many of you know my story, my brother's story. On May 25, 1987 Ira lost his short but fierce battle with AIDS. Diagnosed just three weeks before he died, he literally had no chance for survival. He was 24; I was 22 and felt like the glue that held me together was ripped from my body. I have spent much of my adult life working to keep his memory alive for myself and my kids. This will be my 15th year participating in an AIDS Ride--most years I ride but sometimes I have crewed. THIS YEAR I MUST RIDE!
My ride is a celebration of what would have been Ira's 55th birthday (I am rider #55) and the 30th anniversary of his death. Both milestones are hard for me to imagine--I have lived more of my life without him than with, yet he remains a constant force in my life. In his honor I have committed to raising $35,000 this year so nobody else has to lose a brother, son, uncle or friend.
My goal is lofty, $35,000, but you can help get me there. Our dear friend, Valerie Kort Kieffer is helping big time! She is making a $10,000 donation as a challenge grant to match your gift dollar for dollar!
Thirty yeas ago I couldn't imagine an end to AIDS, but that day is in sight. For the first time, we have what we need to end the AIDS crisis. With new tools and new political will – and the ongoing leadership of Housing Works – we have a plan in place to end AIDS as an epidemic in New York State by 2020. And it’s not just New York: the United Nations has established 2030 as its target date to bring global infection rates below epidemic levels.
These are real goals backed by real science. If achieved, they will change the course of history. But they will only happen with your help. Please help me celebrate Ira's life in this memorable way.
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