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San Diego City Council declares AIDS/LifeCycle Day

SAN DIEGO -- In recognition of last month's AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride, the city council declared Tuesday, July 16, 2013 to be San Diego AIDS/LifeCycle Day in the city. A delegation of 98 riders from San Diego participated in this year's ride, which was held June 2-8.

The annual ride is a 545-mile trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, which is co-produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

Of the $14.2 million raised this year, $345,000 came from Team San Diego.

The full resolution, which was presented by Council President Todd Gloria, is HERE and pasted below.

More information about AIDS/LifeCycle is HERE.

San Diego AIDS/LifeCycle 2013 Day
Presented by Council President Todd Gloria

WHEREAS, from June 2 to June 8, 98 cyclists from San Diego rode 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the 2013 AIDS/LifeCycle bike ride, which is co-produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center; and

WHEREAS, AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and every year this landmark ride through beautiful California delivers a life-changing experience for thousands of participants from all backgrounds and fitness levels united by a common desire to do something heroic; and

WHEREAS, 2013 marked the event’s 20th year, and had 2,203 riders and 552 roadies participating to raise a record-breaking $14.2 million dollars for the fight against HIV/AIDS, with Team San Diego raising over $345,000; and

WHEREAS, participants were HIV-positive and HIV-negative, LGBT and straight, ages 18 to 82, and came from 44 states and 18 countries; and

WHEREAS, since the event was founded as California AIDS Ride in 1993, cyclists have collectively ridden 20 million miles to help end AIDS and provide care for those living with the virus, which is equivalent to traveling back and forth to the moon more than 40 times, or around the world 800 times; and

WHEREAS, the event raises awareness about the continued HIV/AIDS epidemic, in addition to funding services such as HIV testing and screenings for other sexually transmitted infections, HIV medical care, prevention services, and more; and

WHEREAS, there are 1.1 million Americans living with HIV, and the infection rate among gay and bisexual men, especially among young men and men of color, continues to climb at an alarming rate; and despite remarkable progress that has been made since the disease was first discovered in 1981, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is far from over; and according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one in five people infected with HIV don’t know it; and

WHEREAS, in California alone there are 151,000 people living with HIV, and the costs associated with medical care and treatment for a person with HIV are about $20,000 per year; and access to life-saving drugs, clinical trials and state-of-the-art treatment helps those with the disease live longer with a better quality of life; and

WHEREAS, AIDS/LifeCycle helps those living with HIV/AIDS to gain greater independence and get the treatment and care they need by focusing on prevention services geared towards high-risk populations that will ensure that future generations will not experience the same level of loss that we have faced in the last two decades; NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT PROCLAIMED, by the Council of the City of San Diego, that this Council, for and behalf of the people of San Diego, does hereby declare July 16, 2013 to be “AIDS/LifeCycle Team San Diego Day” in the City of San Diego, and the Council recognizes and thanks San Diego’s 98 cyclists, 2 virtual cyclists and 44 roadies who participated in supporting this important and critical cause.