Mark Troy - Rider # 158
On Friday, November 17th, and Saturday, November 18th in 2017, I will join several hundred other individuals who will ride their bicycles or crew from Miami to Key West, a trek of 165-miles. Our journey will be one filled with hope, filled with pride, and filled with the dream of a future free of AIDS. This year will mark the 14th year of The SMART Ride journey, I have set a goal of $1500 to help raise more than the required $1250 because I believe what we do makes a difference (and because 100% of the money you donate will go back to the community).
This is the second year I am participating in The SMART Ride, I am a five year veteran of the AIDS/LifeCycle in California. AIDS/LifeCycle is a 545 mile bicycle journey over seven days each June from San Francisco to Los Angeles benefiting both the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Los Angeles LGBT Center, both organizations providing much needed help for those suffering from AIDS and HIV related illness. I have ridden the AIDS/LifeCycle four times, have been a training ride leader for five years, and a road volunteer one year. Life is about trying new things and once again this year I decided to help out my brothers and sisters in South Florida by participating in this ride. The photo shown here is of my participation in the AIDS/LifeCycle over several years.
The SMART Ride event guarantees that every penny that I raise (with your help) will be given to AIDS Service Organizations and directed to prevention, education and direct services. While always important, this is now more urgent than ever with the current administration in office. Together we can make a real difference, we can change the world, and help free future generations of living with HIV, while helping those already affected, infected or at risk today stay healthy.
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".