More than 2,300 cyclists and their supporters rode forward through the Central Coast today to raise funds for AIDS patients and the LGBTQ community as part of the AIDS/LifeCycle.
Cyclists departed from Paso Robles and rode down to Santa Maria for the fourth day of the 7-day, 545-mile journey to Los Angeles.
Lorenzo Cordova, cyclist for the AIDS/Life Cycle, said he got involved with the ride two years ago as part of the Brown Brakers team.
“Our mission is to raise awareness of our barriers for communities of color accessing HIV prevention and care,” said Cordova.
Cordova’s uncle passed away from AIDS related complications in the early 90’s. As a way to honor his life, he got involved with the ride.
“As a person of color, I think it’s important we engage in AIDS/Life Cycle so we can push for systematic changes so that transmission rates among communities of color can be greatly reduced,” he said.
The organization so far raised $16.7 million to benefit the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and HIV/AIDS-related services of the Los Angeles LGBT Center.