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“You do an eclectic celebration of the dance! You do Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna!… but you keep it all inside.”
There are no words. RIP you brilliant talent.
The training miles are logged, the minimum fundraising total has been reached, the legs are shaved up to avoid road rash, and the jerseys are lined up for each day on the road — but why would I want to ride 300 miles in 4 days anyway?
For me the answer is simple.
When I was diagnosed as HIV+ ten years ago, social services agencies like AIDS Network were on the front lines of the crisis, helping people with HIV/AIDS just to survive and live through the experience. I grew up in the generation of young gay men who saw our friends and elders fall to what they called ‘the gay cancer’ at the time. By the time 2003 rolled around, treatments had begun to emerge, including the groundbreaking ‘cocktail’ of therapies that began to allow some of us to actually live.
What is less obvious to most people outside of the HIV/AIDS community, however, is that living with the virus is very expensive, very stressful mentally and physically, the stigma from having it is crippling, and even inside the gay community it is still seen as a death wish to some. For me to have lived ten whole years, from the age of 33 to now 43, there had to be some key difference in my experience living HIV+ than that of my predecessors who were not so lucky.
That difference is that AIDS Network and medical providers continue to stand on the fine line between healthy living with HIV and patients becoming sick. Their staff members also stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their clients, conducting HIV/AIDS counseling and case management, arranging for medical and drug attention, performing prevention, testing, and diagnosis services; and helping HIV+ people like me with housing assistance, dental clinic services, emergency food and transportation assistance, a needle exchange, and a wide range of other services. They maintain a steadfast lifeline of support for clients like me, allowing us to focus on living healthy, productive, and relatively happy lives.
So the reason I ride 300 miles is to help support those whom support me 365 days a year. It is a simple way to give back, and it is a great way for me to renew my committment to live healthy as long as it takes to see a day until there is no HIV, there is no AIDS, until there is a cure for the disease. Finally, it is a way for me to spend quality time with my ACT Ride Family, which are some of my closest friends, being silly, having fun, and laughing all along the way.
You can support me and AIDS Network by visiting my fundraising page at http://act12.kintera.org/scottfoval. If you will be in the Madison / Johnson Creek corridor while the ride is going on, you are invited to come to Opening or Closing Ceremonies, or cheer for us along the way. Details are at http://www.actride.org/index.php/cheering-stations.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, and special thanks to the donors who have given to the effort. Most notably, thanks to my family who have given me hope and support over the last 10 years as I have learned to be healthy and positive living POZ.
Peace and namaste,
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