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Every year for the past six, I spend a few days in September traveling Boston and New York. This year is no different and I’m preparing for another year to crew the Cycle for the Cause ride, a 280 mile bike ride that starts just outside Boston and winds its way to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in NYC. It’s three emotional, exhilarating days which raises awareness and funds for the HIV/AIDS services offered at The Center. There’s a great video that shows, in less than two minutes, what the ride experience is like.
For four years I did this ride on my bicycle and, since I moved to California, I’ve been on the crew side. I continue to support this event because of the critical work it benefits. The services The Center provides have directly impacted friends—helping them stay alive physically and mentally and providing support to their families and friends as well.
I wrote a short story after my first year on the ride to try and capture some of the feelings of being a cyclist on that journey. Bicycle Built for Two tells a fictional story Jason and Ben, who meet during the ride and find love with each other. Since it came out in 2011, I’ve donated all of my royalties from that story to The Center so it can continue it’s vital work.
So what does The Center do? Let me give you an idea of how your money goes to work if you make a donation.
Every $100 that’s donated:
Helps to prevent 7 potential HIV transmissions by distributing safer sex kits to at-risk LGBT youth and adults.
Allows the Center to administer 8 free, rapid HIV tests, ensuring that more people are empowered to know their status.
Provides referrals to care for 10 HIV+ people, to help them lead happy, healthy lives.
And when Cycle for the Cause hits its fundraising goal this year, The Center can:
Help to prevent more than 78,400 potential HIV transmissions in the diverse communities served by The Center.
Administer as many as 96,000 free, rapid HIV tests, so knowing their status can be a reality for everyone.
Provide referrals to care for more than 104,000 HIV+ people, so they get the attention they need to stay well.
Ensure that it can help hundreds of HIV+ LGBT youth get sober.
Increase its outreach to educate and inspire more than a million young people to join the fight to end AIDS.
All of this work is so important, especially to educate youth. Even though HIV/AIDS isn’t the death sentence it used to be, far too many young people think it’s not something they don’t need to worry about because there are drugs available to manage it. However, the management is still life changing and can so easily be avoided.
Can you please help me raise money this year for Cycle for the Cause? Every little bit helps The Center do its work—whether you contribute $1 or $1,000. You can pick up a copy of Bicycle Built for Two (just $3.99 at most ebook retailers) and you’ll have something to read .. or you can make an online donation by going to my fundraising page.
Speaking of reading: For anyone in the U.S. who donates $100 or more on my page before September 19, I’ll send you an autographed set of Hat Trick paperbacks (that’s the entire trilogy). I don’t giveaway paperback sets often, but that’s how important this cause is to me. Simply donate and send an email to email@example.com and let me know you did it. I’ll send out all the paperbacks by the end of October.
To all of you who took the time to read this, thank you. I’m glad to have been able to let you know what this ride does to benefit thousands of people. To those who donate, whether it’s a little or lot, thank you! You’re helping educate and save lives.
Title: Bicycle Built For Two
Author: Jeff Adams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: 06/29/2011
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
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.
About Jeff AdamsJeff 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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