In the Fall of 2010, I got talked into participating in a little bike ride by my friends Jane Anne and Julie. “It’ll be fun” they said. Little did I know how it would take over my life. I got online and checked it out. NorCal AIDS Cycle is a 330 mile/four day bike ride, which raises funds for agencies in our community, providing services to those suffering from HIV/AIDS, and for prevention, testing, and education services.
By now, most of you know about my friend Ken Piercy, who was a member of the Trinity Cathedral Choir, and was HIV positive for nearly twenty years. Because of his friendship, I decided to go for it, and signed up to ride NCAC in 2011. It was hard. The fund-raising was hard work, and the riding was hard work. But it was the good kind of hard work, and I have done this ride every year since. And due to the generosity of so many of my friends and acquaintances, in the last five years I have managed to raise over $35,000 for NCAC. I am deeply humbled by the support I have received from all of you, and for your contributions large and small.
This year, due to a work commitment, I have signed on as a “weekend” rider, and will join the rest of the team on Friday evening. I am looking forward to being back with my NCAC family, and the ride up the “seven mile hill” on highway 20, and the beauty of the cruise through Capay Valley and Cache Creek. And especially to the finish on the west steps of the State Capitol on Sunday.
Again, thank you so much for your part in all of this. I couldn’t have done it without you. Oh, and if you have been intending to make that donation for 2015, it’s not too late… just click the link below.