My first MM diary & it is about the AIDS Ride Update about matching opportunity

by: anotherdemocrat

Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 08:19:57 AM EST



Hello, I know a lot of people here at MM, but maybe not everyone, so I should introduce myself.Here's a picture of me last fall at the AIDS Walk, with the Director od AIDS Services of Austin (who is movie star handsome) and a gorgeous sash they made me for having done the AIDS Walk every one of the 25 years it has been in existence:

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I live in Austin & besides progressive politics, the most important thing in the world to me is the AIDS Walk that is in October & the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, in April. The Ride is really my love & my heart. Because it takes training to get ready for, you get to know people better & I have come to know many people involved with it, including many people who are HIV+. Some of the people I love best in this world - people who have done so much good I can't even tell you - are HIV+ & I want them to have the care they need. Even more than that, I want total strangers, who may not have done great things, to have the care they need. They need more care, the people who don't have the support networks. So that's why I work so hard to raise money for this cause, so everyone can get the care they need.

This April, I'll be doing the Hill Country Ride for AIDS once again. The Ride is a beautiful, magical, wonderful event. If you are in the Austin area, I highly recommend participating. There are ride distances varying from 11 to 100 miles, and this year there is a train run/walk, also - with 5K, 10K & half-marathon options. It is super family-friendly, with lots of stuff for kids to do. and the food -- cyclists know their food & this event has really amazing food. If you can't participate, maybe you could donate -- here's my the Hill Country Ride for AIDS page. If you want to participate, when you sign up, please join Team RunTex, as I'm the captain & I need team members! (any MM people in Central Texas -- free training groups for riding or running, on Saturdays & Sundays, and free yoga, too!)

Today I wanted to tell y'all what your donations do.

anotherdemocrat :: My first MM diary & it is about the AIDS Ride Update about matching opportunity
Here's a list the Ride gave us:

$35 covers one rapid HIV rest - we know that 40% of HIV+ people don't know it yet. Through testing, we can get them into life saving care, and further reduce the spread of the virus.

$60 pays for a one month supply of medical prescriptions. Medications can reduce the virus so much that it keeps someone healthy and also reduces the risk of passing it along.

$120 provides education for 440 people. Education is one of the most important tools in reducing new infections.

$250 provides 3 family counseling sessions. It can be devastating for a family when a member is diagnosed, and we know that an intact family unit promotes health and provides a built in support.

$500 provides a month of rent for one family in supportive housing. Assistance with food, daily chores, trips to medical appointments and social support create a foundation for continued health and a step toward independence.

$1,000 gives 450 home cooked meals for hospice patients. When in hospice, there are often unique food needs. You can make sure that final days are spent with delicious food that doesn't upset someone's stomach.

So those are the wonderful things that your donations to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS can do. I know that cash is hard to come by these days & everyone is asking for some. Well, so am I. Please donate if you can.

And because it is Monday, and I need some energy - I'm trying to lose weight for my training & by my training, here's some music -- not U2 (which is my normal obsession) this time, but cute Scottish boys Snow Patrol (so I find thinking about cute boys motivating while I'm exercising -- is that so wrong?):

Update: I just got an e-mail from the Ride Office about an upcoming matching opportunity:

When you make a gift to ASA through the Amplify Austin campaign between March, 4th, 7pm and March, 5th, 7pm (3/4 7pm - 3/5 7pm) you've made a difference for people affected by HIV and AIDS. Just $25 provides a month's worth of nutritious food. To make your gift go even further, as a partner of the St. David's Foundation, each dollar of your gift to ASA will be matched doubling your commitment to healthier lives for people affected by HIV and AIDS. With your matched gift of $50 a client can now feed herself and family and get the dental care she needs. This is a math lesson you don't have to study for. The formula is simple and the solution is YOU!

I'll do a diary that day, but here's the link: https://amplifyaustin.s3.amazo...

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all proceeds go to the Ride (2.00 / 27)
and I'll figure out the video embed thing later

please donate to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS


ah, "use old code" (2.00 / 19)
good to know

please donate to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS


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Thanks so much... (2.00 / 20)
...for your commitment to helping others. And I'm glad you're now posting about the Hill Country Ride for AIDS here as well as at the Other Place. :-)

I'm still new here myself but welcome to Purple!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


Thanks (2.00 / 16)
Will look at this tonight and try to donate something.

Purple looks good on you.

Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.

Barack Obama 1/21/2013


+2 for "Purple looks good on you." (2.00 / 14)
It does indeed.

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Looks good!! (2.00 / 14)
p.s. You are on the front page. ;)

Words have meaning. Our words will reflect what is in our souls.


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Well deserved! (2.00 / 12)


There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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Glad to see you here, anotherdemocrat (2.00 / 12)
and have donated to your ride. I hope that your Hill Country training will take you some of our lovely Lone Star State scenery!

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I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.


-- Oscar Wilde


That's wonderful, another! (2.00 / 12)
Austin is a delightful place.  Went there last April to visit my daughter and her family and it was a great time--we went for a long, long walk around Town Lake. I loved the civilized way Austin provided water for thirsty hikers and cyclists every 15 minutes or so along the trail.

Glad you're going to do the Hill Country Ride. Will go to your page and donate as soon as I have looked over my bank account.

Thanks for helping AIDS patients!


that is the store my running coach (not that I run) (2.00 / 10)
owns - RunTex & a couple of the other stores & some nonprofits all fund it, but the physical part is done by employees of RT. Summer of '11, when it was over 100 for more than 90 days, it was really welcome.

I'm going to update the diary with this, but if you have to wait till the first of the month, donate on the 4th, because there's a match on that day & your donation will be doubled.

please donate to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS


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good on you anotherdemocrat. (2.00 / 7)
thanks for your committment to such an important cause. i'll take a look at my balance on the 4th, there should be some left.

haha, had to giggle at the 'cute boy' question and no, you shouldn't feel badly. i've trained for cycling and multisport events for 20 years, whatever gets you through to the end is my motto.

my wife did an AIDS ride before we were married 10 years ago and she still talks about how fantastic an experience it was. her and a friend are singer/songwriters and they passed the miles penning funny songs to sing on the stage at night.

might have to consider doing one myself now that i no longer compete.
thanks for putting the thought in my head and good luck with your training!

time...it seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.


it is so much fun (2.00 / 7)
I always tell people this is one day of the way the world should be (actually, that's the one thing I miss about it being a 2 day event -- 2 days of heaven) I highly recommend doing one.

please donate to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS


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