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Biking for a cure

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Derek Kazahaya


I am going to be riding in the LifeCycle event which is a 500+ mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the month of June. For those of you who know me fairly well, you already know that I don't exercise as much as I should, am out of shape, and don't even own a bicycle at the moment. The last time I rode a bike, well, let's just say I have a permanent reminder in the form of a rock that is lodged in my left hand. At this point, you are probably asking yourself why on earth would he be doing this?

I've been heavily involved in different projects over the past year whether it's gathering participants for a blood drive, helping out at the Los Angeles Food Bank, donating time to help a struggling family, volunteering with the Disaster Action Team of Red Cross, or assisting those in need over in Haiti. One of the events that I have also participated in was the EIF Revlon 5k in support of women's cancers. I vividly remember a few years ago seeing a small girl with her father to my left as I was sluggishly going through the route. She was holding a sign up in support of her mother who was participating in the event, and whom was diagnosed with cancer. For me it was a very touching moment. Fighting back a teary eye, I knew at that moment that I was doing something positive for once. When I came towards the finish line, I had a sense of accomplishment, knowing I was able to help in some form or another.

By participating in the LifeCycle ride, I'm hoping to do the same by raising awareness and funds for the prevention and cure of HIV & AIDS. In Los Angeles alone, an estimated 1,700 people will become infected with HIV this year. This disease currently affects over 150,000 people in California, and sadly enough, these numbers are small when looking at the big picture. In the United States, someone is infected with HIV every 9.5 minutes. I'm not always the greatest with numbers, but if I calculated correctly, over 1,000 new cases will have occurred during the course of my ride. Over 25 million have died of AIDs-related causes. Please help and make a difference in the lives of people living with HIV & AIDS.

Thank you for your support,

Derek Kazahaya



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