Be the Cause

Letter to AidsRide Donors

Dear Friends,

It has been over a month since I finished my 575 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for Aids Rideyour help and support. This was one of the most incredible experiences that I have ever had and I am glad that I am able to share it with all of you.

The ride was just as challenging as it was rewarding. During the first two days my knees and legs were in really bad shape. I began to question why I was doing the ride at all and why it was even important to me. However, as the days rolled by, it would seem like I wasn’t the one peddling at all.. I had a lot of help from the guy/gal upstairs. It is amazing how much strength one can draw from a simple prayer.

After the closing ceremonies on the seventh day I finally realized why I had been taken on such an incredible journey. I realized that it wasn’t about the bike ride, nor the effort against AIDS… it was about being part of a society where people help people for the sole purpose of helping. I truly realized that together we can all achieve what we think is impossible. I know we can cure AIDS, cure cancer, abolish poverty, abolish wars and live in a society where nothing but kindness matters. I know it sounds corny but in those seven days I realized that all we need is love.

I met some incredible people on this ride that helped me maintain positive energy throughout the ride. I met HIV positive riders that have had the most excruciating experiences imaginable. I rode for them. I met volunteer crew-members who worked day and night just to make sure that all the riders were safe and healthy. I rode for them. I met people who had lost loved ones to AIDS. I rode for them. I met people along the side of the street who felt something magical as we would pass them by. I rode for them. Throughout the seven days, I met people who just wanted to help one another. I rode for them all.

Thank you all again for the support over the last several months. It has renewed my faith in this planet.

— Chughzy

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