Join us as Jeff Adams goes Outside the Margins.
Every September I do something a lot of people think is crazy. I go to Boston, get on my bicycle, and spend three days riding to New York City. I do this with over one hundred thirty other people in the yearly Cycle for the Cause ride, which benefits the HIV and AIDS services offered by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in NYC.
I did my first ride six years ago, more as a physical challenge than anything else, but I also liked raising funds for much needed services within the community. That first ride was rough, and I only did about three-fourths of the ride because I wasn’t properly trained. Meeting the other riders and crew, and hearing their stories about why they ride inspired me to return year after year because the HIV/AIDS crisis is far from over.
Each year the ride is a little different for me. I meet new people doing it for the first time, and catch up with others who I see only during the ride. Too often there are people who don’t return because they’ve passed, due to the illness. But there are always stories of hope too of those who live with HIV/AIDS and do the ride and celebrate significant life events, like adopting a child with their HIV/AIDS-free partner.
[Post Image]Even though I’ve moved to California, which has it’s own, longer ride, I’m drawn back to Cycle for the Cause to ride with my East Coast family. Last year, because I moved in the middle of training season, I worked a crew van instead of riding my bike, but I was there to support because it mattered. This year I will return to ride the beautiful, and hilly, 275 mile route.
The hundreds of thousands of dollars the ride raises each year (over $700,000 last year) covers a wide assortment of services, including: individual, couples, family and group counseling, safe sex kits to thousands of youth and young adults each year ($15 buys one kit), HIV support groups, Free HIV testing ($25 pays for two test kits), HIV and AIDS education and prevention services for youth and young adults ($600 pays a stipend for two youth to be trained as leaders through the Sexual Health Leadership Team), referrals to public health insurance and housing options as well as doctors who specialize in HIV and AIDS ($50 pays for screen and provision of referrals).
It’s incredible to hear stories from some of the people that the Center has helped, as well as hearing the variety of reasons people do the ride. If you want a glimpse of the ride, and hear a couple stories, this video that recaps the 2014 ride does it great. It’s difficult in a short blog post to say everything this ride means to me. If you want a more elaborate story from my point of view, you can check out the Cycle for the Cause page on my site. At the bottom you’ll find links to my ride wrap ups from previous years (if you only read one, I’d recommend 2013 as that was an epic year for many reasons).
In five years, I’ve raised just under $20,000. This year I’m looking to do at least another $4,000 (and I would love to exceed that). To accomplish this, I need a lot of people’s help. If you can spare anything, and believe me it doesn’t matter how large or small the donation is, please consider donating to my ride. My thanks goes out in advance to anyone who does.
If you want to put your money to work closer to your home, I encourage you to search out AIDS Walks and AIDS rides that may be happening near you. Please put Google to use to see what’s in your neighborhood.
I also have a short story available, Bicycle Built for Two, which is available from Dreamspinner. It was inspired by the ride and I donate all the royalties I earn from its sale to the LGBT Center’s HIV/AIDS Services. You can learn more about the short story below.
Title: Bicycle Built for Two
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Romance
While on a three-day charity bike ride from Boston to New York City, Jason Karn makes an unexpected stop to help a fellow rider having trouble with a flat tire. Ben Stewart is new to long-distance rides, and Jason takes him under his wing. The mutual attraction is obvious even before they make it to New York City, but there’s a minor roadblock: Ben lives in Chicago. Flying back and forth seems like the only option until Jason comes up with an idea that will bring them together permanently—if they can work out the details.
Note: All of Jeff Adams’ royalties from “Bicycle Built for Two” are donated to The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City to benefit its HIV/AIDS Services.
~ Jeff Adams
About Jeff Adams
Jeff Adams is the author of the Hat Trick series of young adult/new adult stories. He’s also the author of several m/m romance shorts. Jeff and his husband, Will, live in the rural peace of Northern California. Besides writing about hockey in many of his stories, he covers the Detroit Red Wings, and reviews books that feature gay hockey players, for PuckBuddys.com (http://www.PuckBuddys.com). You can learn all about Jeff’s writing at jeffadamswrites.com (http://www.jeffadamswrites.com/). You can also follow him on Twitter @hockeyguynyc https://twitter.com/hockeyguynyc). and sign up for his email list (http://eepurl.com/7TJC9) to get the latest updates.
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