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GOAL: $5,000
RAISED: $5,424

Troy Valls - Rider # 10



The SMART Ride 14 marks my 5th Anniversary joining this incredible 165-mile journey from Miami to Key West. From the very first day I decided to join years ago, I set my mind on joining this ride each and every year until there wasn't any longer a need to raise money in the fight to see a future free from HIV/AIDS.

This year, a sobering reality has led me to evolve my involvement in the ride.

By most recent counts, South Florida remains the area in the entirety of the U.S. ranked #1 for new annual infections. Yet, as we're experiencing with recruitment for The SMART Ride, it's, at the same time, the most fatigued and latent of communities. This year, generating support and involvement, recruiting riders, volunteers and crew is proving challenging.

Moving forward, to help generate involvement in Miami-Dade County, I've taken on the ambition of building and sustaining a team(s) focused on bringing in new blood -- new awareness, uniting members of the LGBTQ community, our allies, and those personally affected by HIV and not, alike.

Having lived with HIV for 7 years, but with the privilege of being surrounded by an unbreakable support system of loving family and friends, being gainfully employed, and also comprehensively insured, it's not lost on me that my circumstance is not the same as what far too many are living today.

Did you know that national studies estimate that up to 40% of all homeless under the age of 24 identify as LGBTQ? It's also true that these individuals are disproportionately affected by HIV, sexual assault, violence and inadequate access to behavioral and mental health resources.

We can not allow advanced medication and preventative measures to mislead us into thinking HIV is no longer the problem it once was. While many of us might be able to comfortably go about our daily lives without so much as a thought about it; far too many are still plagued by the fear and uncertainty of what their status might be, or if they are diagnosed, where treatment, care and counsel might come from.

On November 18th and 19th, my team and I will join hundreds on the annual 165-mile ride from Miami to Key West. We ride with passion, with determination, with pride, and the joy of a dream to see a future without HIV or AIDS.

With your help over the years, we've contributed $22,500 to the cause, which in totality as turned $8.5million over to those local organizations throughout the state of Florida doing the hard work, on the ground, each and every day.

Every cent we raise goes directly to those benefiting organizations. And your continued support is encouraged and appreciated. Remember, no amount is ever too small. Every dollar helps.

We can share the words of Margaret Mead "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has".

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My Heroes

Sean McConnell
American Tower Corporation
$500.00
Thanks for riding for such a great cause!

Peter Ortega
$250.00
Dr. Hansel Tookes & Peter Ortega

Armando Garcia
$200.00

Tim Hawkes
$200.00

Brandon & Bobby Berretta-Paris
$200.00
We will See you at the Finish line!

Kevin Hart
$100.00
So happy to hear your participation again and happy to support the cause! Good luck on the ride! May see you all down in Key West!

Susan Osorio
$100.00

John Wilson
$100.00
Thank you for being an inspiration to me and so many others. Safe journey on your ride and maybe the winds of change be forever in your favor.

Alonso Sanchez
VIP personal services
$100.00
I believe in you

The Lerma\'s
Your cousins
$100.00
Keep pedaling for a great cause, we love you!

Jonathan Fenelon
$100.00
It is an honor to be your friend. You have always been an inspiration to us all.

Susan Osorio
$100.00

john arnholt
zubi
$100.00

Adam Korenfield
$100.00
Best of Luck Troy!!

Isabella Sanchez
$100.00

Juan Betancur
$100.00

octavio zubizarreta
indy
$100.00
Go get em, Troy

Yolanda Valls
$100.00
You never cease to amaze me, My Son! I am so honored to be your momma! 🚴🏽🚴🏽🚴🏽🚴🏽🚴🏽

Adriel Rodriguez
$100.00

Tim Hawkes
$100.00
Proud of you my friend, your courage is a true inspiration

Henrique Lucena
$100.00

Karla Valdivia
$75.00
You are my HERO! Your passion is infections and I am lucky to have you as a partner and friend. Kill it!!

Roque Medina
Bike America
$75.00
You inspired me!!! Remember drink a lot of water and finish strong!!! THE SMART RIDE IS A BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY!!!!

Ezgi Ogutogullari
$75.00
Hope you have the most amazing ride!!!

Casey Crist
$50.00

Maylinn delamaza
$50.00
always a pleasure to support you on this journey!

Helena Oates
$50.00
Happy Birthday, keep on trucking 💞

Cecilia KK
$50.00
#strongertogether kill it!

Randy Carballo
$50.00
Go get em!

Conor Flynn
$50.00
Drink Rx Coffee !!

Stacey Wright
$50.00
Truly you inspire and exemplify a loving heart!

Lissette Machado
$50.00
Good luck Troy! You are amazing! Love you, Lissy xo

Lourdes Pereira
$50.00
Let’s go Troy!!!!!

Alberto Gonzalez
$50.00
You got this mi broder thanks for everything you do, proud to call you mi hermano!

Anthony Bennett
Zubi
$50.00

Audrey Linsky
$36.00

carmen Tower
$35.00
Troy dearest, I’m so happy to be ur Moms frriend

Will/Patty Feraco
$35.00
Good luck Troy!

Aaron Canchola
ZubiCA
$30.00
I admire the commitment you have for this great cause, Troy!

Lucrecia Pinero
$30.00

vincenzo mikulus
$30.00

Orlando Jimenez
American Airlines
$25.00
Hacia adelante...siempre! exito! :)

Valerie Ramirez
$25.00
Action is the foundational key to all success! éxito!

Maritza Rojas
$25.00
Great cause Troy..... good luck!

Patricia Scerpella
$25.00

annie lanfranco
$25.00

Carlos Menendez
Zubi
$25.00

Maritza Rojas
$25.00
Great cause Troy..... good luck!

Anthony Catalino
Thirst For Enlightenment
$25.00
Keep shining bright sunshine!

Michelle Berrios
$20.00
PEDAL YOUR WAY TO HAPPINESS AND SUCCESS. Much love and support.

Isabel Lopez-Machado
Zubi Advertising
$20.00

Fabio Gil Ceballos
GTB/ZUBI
$20.00

Maria Elena Baldor
$20.00
Dear Troy. Proud of you guys for doing this. ❤️U Tia

Maria Elena Baldor
$20.00
With you all the way sobrino XO Tia

Alina Iglesias
$20.00

corinne engstrom
$20.00

Mohini Shah
$20.00

Julie Van Dorn Griggs
$20.00
You're an inspiration. Rock on my friend!

Isabel López-Machado
$20.00

Manny Cabral
$20.00
For a great cause and a great person, ride like the wind!

Marcella Murillo
$20.00
Good luck!! :D

Yolanda Valls
$20.00
Mi apoyo, Troy! Renee Bedoya

Maxwell Presser
$10.00