Cyclists are gearing up for the 545-mile trek down the California coast this weekend, as part of the AIDS/LifeCycle, which raises funds for AIDS research and prevention.
Tracy E. Gilchrist, editor of SheWired.com, says she's "keeping those who benefit from the Center's HIV/AIDS services close at heart and hoping to raise the minimum-plus so that the Center can continue to be a vital resource for people who might not otherwise have access to treatment."
Others are riding to commemorate the life of a loved one, like Carissa Potenza, 34, who is riding for her uncle Vic McMannus, a survivor of HIV-related health complications. After participating in the AIDS Ride in 1995, he arrived in Los Angeles sick, and was diagnosed with HIV.
"He rode many years ago and recently became very ill and was in a wheelchair," she tells SheWired. "He has since, remarkably and courageously, rehabilitated himself and is ready to ride again!"
The thousands of cyclists and volunteers will start their seven-day journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles this Sunday. The money raised goes to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.