Paralegal to Bike 545 Miles for AIDS Fundraiser
California paralegal Ami Flori is planning to spend the week of June 6-12 riding her bicycle a grueling 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles and sleeping in a 1,500-tent city each night.
But she’s doing it for a good cause, to raise money for AIDS as part of LifeCycle9
, “Ride to end AIDS.” Described as a “life-changing ride–not a race–through some of California’s most beautiful countryside,” the funds raised support local agencies, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.
Flori is not HIV positive and has “never lost anyone to HIV/AIDS.” She states the reasons she’s commited to this project at her donation site
Not everyone is as lucky as I am. The truth is that in California alone, more than 87,000 people have died from AIDS-related causes since the epidemic began. Another 7,000 Californians will become infected with HIV this year. Sadly, many of those who are infected lack the resources to receive proper treatment. The services provided by the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center – medical care, mental health services, full-service pharmacy, and HIV testing and prevention programs – are vital to helping those less fortunate than myself live long and prosperous lives.
According to her participant link, Flori has reached her initial $3,000 goal and has increased it to $5,000. Flori has been training for this ride since October, and bikes before and after work, and on weekends. She told The Press-Enterprise that she purchased a “plusher bedroll” for the event and that her husband, Jose Beruvides, is her “number one supporter.”
Practical Paralegalism sends best wishes for great weather and happy cycling to Ami Flori, another terrific paralegal working to make her community a better place.
If you would like to support Flori’s ride, she says, “No donation is too small.” Click here