I first heard about "Cycle for the Cause" at the 2012 CHOMP benefit dinner
after learning that my friend Gary Martin was planning to ride. At CHOMP 2013
I became more intrigued about joining Team Eagle after talking with Barry and Gary.
In January I decided that I wanted to participate this year not only for myself,
but also as a tribute to Barry Ort.
My first involvement with HIV/AIDS organizations began in 1992 with the NAMES Project
in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Working with the Quilt opened my eyes about this Pandemic.
The stories told by the panels in the Quilt were each so very different,
personal and extremely touching – it put a human face on the disease.
I discovered that HIV /AIDS doesn't discriminate – straight, gay, black,
white, Native American, male or female. I lost two close friends to
AIDS, one of whom was only 23.
The Center has been at the forefront of HIV/AIDS support in NYC for over
30 years and still continues to provide much needed programming and
services to the community. The funds raised from the "Cycle for the Cause"
ride go directly to these HIV/AIDS related programs and services of The Center.
I am riding this year for those who are not able, and to honor Barry and
his dedication to Team Eagle and The Center.
Click here to make a donation in support of Tom.
275 miles, 3 days, 1 Destination - THE END OF AIDS