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This April, I'll be doing the Hill Country Ride for AIDS once again. The Ride is a beautiful, magical, wonderful event. If you are in the Austin area, I highly recommend participating. There are ride distances varying from 11 to 100 miles, and this year there is a 5K run/walk, also. It is super family-friendly, with lots of stuff for kids to do. and the food -- cyclists know their food & this event has really amazing food. If you can't participate, maybe you could donate -- here's my the Hill Country Ride for AIDS page.

Today I wanted to tell y'all what your donations do, so come with me below the squiggly thing & I'll tell you.

Here's a list the Ride gave us:

$35 covers one rapid HIV rest - we know that 40% of HIV+ people don't know it yet. Through testing, we can get them into life saving care, and further reduce the spread of the virus.

$60 pays for a one month supply of medical prescriptions. Medications can reduce the virus so much that it keeps someone healthy and also reduces the risk of passing it along.

$120 provides education for 440 people. Education is one of the most important tools in reducing new infections.

$250 provides 3 family counseling sessions. It can be devastating for a family when a member is diagnosed, and we know that an intact family unit promotes health and provides a built in support.

$500 provides a month of rent for one family in supportive housing. Assistance with food, daily chores, trips to medical appointments and social support create a foundation for continued health and a step toward independence.

$1,000 gives 450 home cooked meals for hospice patients. When in hospice, there are often unique food needs. You can make sure that final days are spent with delicious food that doesn't upset someone's stomach.

So those are the wonderful things that your donations to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS can do. I know that cash is hard to come by these days & everyone is asking for some. Well, so am I. Please donate if you can.

And because it is Friday, and we had rain this week (yay!) but not today and it will be 74 & sunny this afternoon, and because you know I have to, here's  U2 video:

I hope you enjoyed the song -- and please donate to the Hill Country Ride for AIDS if you can!

Originally posted to anotherdemocrat on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 05:56 AM PST.

Also republished by Barriers and Bridges, LGBT Kos Community, DKOMA, and HIV AIDS Action.

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