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Houston man biking 7 days, 545 miles to fight HIV/AIDS

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Houston resident Luke Moore is training to join thousands of other participants this June for a seven-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.  AIDS/LifeCycle is the world's largest annual, single-event AIDS fundraiser, which takes place June 5-11.

“I am committed to AIDS/LifeCycle because I want to do my part to see an end to HIV/AIDS. With the money I've raised, the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation can continue to provide critical services for the HIV-positive community and prevent new HIV infections through programs, services, and education,” says Moore. “I look forward to spending a week on the road with the amazing community of AIDS/LifeCycle participants. We have the power to stop HIV transmission in our lifetime, and AIDS/LifeCycle plays an important role in making that happen.”

In the seven days it takes the riders to reach Los Angeles, more than 1,000 people in the United States will become infected with HIV. Especially alarming is the fact that one out of every five people living with HIV nationwide is not aware of their status.

“What these cyclists contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS is truly remarkable,” said AIDS/LifeCycle Senior Director Greg Sroda. “Each year people from across the country and all over the world join us not only because the event is a life-changing experience for them, but also because the money they raise changes the lives of people living with HIV. Since the ride began in 1993, our participants have raised more than $220 million and completed more than 50,000 journeys from San Francisco to Los Angeles.”

Participants play a significant role in helping to promote HIV/AIDS education and awareness through outreach to hundreds of thousands of people who support their efforts. On average, each cyclist raises nearly $6,000 through their network of donors, which includes family, friends, and co-workers.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the beneficiaries and producers of AIDS/LifeCycle, are at the forefront of efforts to reduce new HIV infections and are dedicated to ensuring access to proper medical care for anyone who needs it. Both organizations deliver essential community programs and services for HIV prevention, testing, care, and education.
 
ABOUT AIDS/LIFECYLE
 
AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully-supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It's a life-changing ride—not a race—through some of California's most beautiful countryside. AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation and is designed to advance their shared interest to reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life for people living with HIV/AIDS.

For more information, visit aidslifecycle.org.

Click here to support Luke Moore's ALC 2016 ride.