5000 miles to stop AIDS!
|Hi, I'm Crispin
In August, Iíll ride 510 miles from Fairbanks to Anchorage in the Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride -- a 6 day event to benefit three laboratories trying to develop a vaccine for AIDS.
In October Iíll ride 325 miles from Houston to Dallas in the Texas AIDS Ride -- a 4 day ride to benefit service organizations throughout Texas that provide help to people living with AIDS and HIV.
Including my training, I expect to be riding over 5,000 miles this year. So my goal is to raise $5,000 for each ride by August 1st.
You can help!
Many of you have followed my progress over the last two years with the Texas AIDS Rides, and I once again thank those people who have sponsored me in the past. Youíre probably wondering by now why I keep doing this. Well, I keep coming back for more, because two years ago, after I committed to doing this ride, someone very close to me died unexpectedly. At a time in my life when I wanted nothing more than to lie in bed for a few years, my fellow riders said to me, ďNo, you need to get up and do this ride because there are people with AIDS who need your help. And if you help them, youíll help yourself.Ē
They were never more right.
So I continue to be a part of the AIDS rides because in many ways, that first Texas ride saved my life. Through the examples of other riders, Iíve learned healing, ourage, and a little something about grace. I am stronger. I am faster. This year I am a training ride leader and Iím doing my best to pass on some of that.
And this year Iím setting my biggest goal ever. 5,000 miles is across the country and then some. Why? Because in the last 18 years, 13 million people have died of AIDS. Because 33 million people are infected with HIV. Many of them live in developing nations and cannot afford the expensive drug therapies that are helping so many Americans live longer. Because many Americans themselves canít afford these same therapies. Because 10.4 million African children under 15 have lost parents to AIDS. (Newsweek) Because ďthe spread of this disease will not be contained in Africa, and the destruction of Africa from AIDS will not be limited to the continent.Ē (UN Ambassador Richard Holbrook.)
Why? Because I can. Because the disease
is not over.
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1998 Texas AIDS Ride 1
Coming soon: 1999 Texas AIDS Ride 2
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