Uli's Journey Alaska to Key West
With clear “2020” vision for a cure for HIV/AIDS in my sights and heart I will ride my bicycle from Alaska to Key West. I do this in order to raise funds and increase awareness of the life-changing opportunity to find a cure by the year 2020. The science behind the treatment and care of those infected has finally arrived at this momentous occasion. amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research is devoting its considerable resources to achieving this goal and I am committed to standing up for compassion in a world where all lives matter.
My journey will be an unprecedented challenge – physically and emotionally. It will take 6-7 months to complete this arduous journey, symbolic of the struggle so many people living with HIV face for the rest of their lives. I am compelled to do this because I have witnessed the intimate nature of this disease and the human response to it. I don’t need to explain that HIV knows no boundaries- globally impacting man, women and children, people of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Education is essential to preventing the spread and ultimately eradicating HIV’s path. My path across the North American continent will demonstrate that with belief and commitment anything is possible.
Please support me on this amazing, powerful, challenging and inspiring journey. Your finacial gift will keep me and Jackson (my dog) fed, warm and safe.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support.
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Jackson and I are leaving in 15 days for Anchorage, Alaska. I can’t believe it. There is still so much to do. Bike, trailer, filled saddle bags and camping supply have been shipped. Todd Wayne from Bike America did an amazing job with packing everything in only two bike boxes. Thanks Todd and Bike America for all your support. You guys rock! I also would like to thank UPS in Pembroke Pines for their support and special shipping rate. You guys gave the best customer service and it was awesome to connect with Gabi who is also from Germany. A very special thank you goes to Panos Sarris from Exotic Eyewear Optical in Fort Lauderdale. After he found out I don’t have prescription eyeglasses he donated a beautiful lightweight full prescription glasses. Thank you Panos for your beautiful gift. A huge thank you to all who so generously donated on crowedrise to amfAR. You all make a huge difference in the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS. I am so blessed and overwhelmed with all the support. Thanks again and please forward this message to anyone you know would be interested in support a cure for AIDS by 2020.
We are getting close to the amazing Journey from Alaska to Key West. Jackson and I are leaving in 3 weeks. There is still so much to do and I still want to get in some training rides. I still have to order a few supplies and ship those directly to Alaska. I am nervous and excited at the same time. Jackson is doing AMAZNG with his training for running next to the bike with and without the leash and he is a champ in his trailer. This journey will be so much more than finding a cure for AIDS by 2020. It will also be a journey within and looking at life itself. I know there will be many physical, emotional and mechanical challenges that will come up. Asking for your support to hold me high, to send your love, prayers and healing energy and also your financial support as this is a fundraiser for amfAR- AIDS Research Foundation.
We are getting close to the countdown for my amazing and very challenging journey. I'll be leaving in 27 days. We visited the World AIDS Museum here in Wilton Manors. Thanks to Al who organized this tour for us and thanks to Ed who shared his knowledge and left us with a sense of empowerment.
Did you know that in the USA close to 700,000 people died of AIDS since the outbreak?
Did you know that 39 million men, women and children died of AIDS worldwide since 1980?
And did you know that about 35 million man, woman and children are living with HIV/Aids worldwide?
HIV/AIDS has been the most politicized and stigmatized epidemic ever and still is.
Why do you think there is only one AIDS museum that’s telling the true story about AIDS?
Now you know why I am committed in making a difference and riding from Alaska to Key West to find a cure for AIDS.
If you are in Wilton Manors please visit the museum. It’s powerful, educational, and hopeful.