Adjunct faculty member Adam Yerke is embarking on a 545-mile journey this June. But instead of taking a car or a plane, he’ll be traveling on his bike. From June 2 to 8, 2013 he will bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles along with thousands of other cyclists and volunteers to raise awareness and funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Since 2001, AIDS LifeCycle (ALC) has raised more than 60 million dollars and helped to educate thousands of people about HIV/AIDS. Each participant is asked to raise a minimum of $3,000, although many riders raise more. According to the ALC website, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in 1981, and more than 617,025 have died of AIDS-related causes.
Adams says, “This is a disease that transcends all demographics, including age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, race and gender identity. It impacts all of us, even if only indirectly for some. Because of my own personal and professional relationships with those living with HIV/AIDS, I am inspired to raise money and help support people living with HIV/AIDS.”
All money raised at the annual event goes to two of the nation’s largest HIV/AIDS organizations—the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Adam is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Undergraduate Studies at Argosy University, Online Programs.
Learn More or Get Involved
To learn more about the event, visit http://www.aidslifecycle.org/, or read about Adam’s training and fundraising efforts here.