Mark Loehr - Rider # 19
Back for a 4th year, I will join hundreds of other individuals who will ride their bicycles or crew from Miami to Key West 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 17th year of The SMART Ride journey, I have set an ambitious goal 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).
Again this year, I will join the Broward House team. I believe in their mission to help those affected by the stigma of HIV/AIDS to get the services, counseling and guidance they need to remain (or return to) active in the community and feel they are not forgotten. Those dealing with addictions and homelessness have very, very few places to turn and to top it off with a HIV diagnosis and it is overwhelming to them. At Broward House, we offer structure and guidance, a safe place for them to sleep and regular scheduled daily meals.
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. 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."