Father Biked Over 500 Miles In Memory Of Gay Son Who Died Of AIDS

  • metta

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    Jul 07, 2015 2:13 AM GMT
    Father Biked Over 500 Miles In Memory Of Gay Son Who Died Of AIDS





    http://www.newnownext.com/father-biked-over-500-miles-in-memory-of-gay-son-who-died-of-aids/07/2015/
  • gymnerd

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    Jul 07, 2015 12:51 PM GMT
    That's a beautiful piece and a great event.
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    Jul 07, 2015 2:06 PM GMT
    A number of people I know from South Florida participate in LifeCycle. Some have HIV or even AIDS themselves, and may be riding in memory of someone they lost to AIDS, typically a partner or family member, even just a friend or acquaintance.

    It's a custom to carry some kind of memento of the late person on the bike, a photo or piece of jewelry or something. Apparently this father was carrying a photo of his son.

    We have the same custom in our shorter SMART Ride to Key West, only 165 miles (I doubt I have the stamina for LifeCycle, nor would I leave my husband for over a week with his health concerns). I carry a ring worn by my late first partner when I ride it, and at least half the other riders carry similar objects.

    And some of our riders are parents, mothers & fathers, of a son they lost to AIDS. And if they don't ride they do crew, which is nearly 1/3 of our participants.

    This father's story is touching. Tragically it is not unique. All the more reason to not forget about HIV/AIDS issues during this current euphoria over gay marriage. We may be defeating our anti-gay social & political opponents, but that health scourge remains with us. icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 07, 2015 2:28 PM GMT
    Saddening but great at the same time. At some point I'd like to participate in an event to raise awareness and sponsorship towards a cause like this. I might not know anyone personally that is diagnosed. But I have met people that are positive. Befriended a guy a while back, but we fell out of contact.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 07, 2015 11:40 PM GMT
    metta8 saidFather Biked Over 500 Miles In Memory Of Gay Son Who Died Of AIDS





    http://www.newnownext.com/father-biked-over-500-miles-in-memory-of-gay-son-who-died-of-aids/07/2015/
    This father is a great American in my book. To cycle 500 miles through the elements in memory of his late son is very heartwarming and heroic.
  • lopakados

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    Jul 08, 2015 2:11 AM GMT
    I did this ride with him and the story that this man and his wife shared about their son and how he inspired them to do this ride was emotional and beautiful.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 08, 2015 3:56 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    metta8 saidFather Biked Over 500 Miles In Memory Of Gay Son Who Died Of AIDS





    http://www.newnownext.com/father-biked-over-500-miles-in-memory-of-gay-son-who-died-of-aids/07/2015/
    This father is a great American in my book. To cycle 500 miles through the elements in memory of his late son is very heartwarming and heroic.

    +1 My heart went out to his parents. So sad.