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Employee Spotlight: Marc Valls

Event website: http://www.aidslifecycle.org/
Marc's donation page: http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/marcv

In Marc's own words, "It was great; 545 miles in 7 days! Apart from two days of broken pavement between Salinas and Paso Robles (and 105 degree heat), the ride was quite smooth and fun. The Los Angeles weather surprised the 2500 riders though; we had rain and strong winds from Oxnard to Malibu and everybody was fighting to stay warm. The first Starbucks in Malibu got swarmed by riders looking for something warm!"

AIDS/LifeCycle is a fully supported, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. AIDS/LifeCycle 2016 will take place June 5th - June 11, 2016. 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.

In California alone there are 151,000 people living with HIV. Nationally, 70 percent of all new infections occur in communities of color and people under the age of 25 are increasingly affected.

The costs associated with medical care and treatment for a person with HIV are about $20,000 per year. Access to life-saving drugs, clinical trials and state-of-the-art treatment helps those with the disease live a longer and better quality of life. AIDS/LifeCycle will help those living with HIV/AIDS gain greater independence and get the treatment and care they need. Prevention services geared towards high-risk populations will ensure that future generations will not experience the same level of loss that we have faced in the last two decades.

As the number of people living with HIV increases, so does the need for the services provided by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the two agencies producing this event.

Click here to check out the map route.