For Immediate Release
Los Angeles, May 17 - Celebrity trainer, world-class athlete and two-time Golden Gloves winner Cara Castronuova (The Biggest Loser) has chosen to participate in and serve as a celebrity spokesperson for AIDS/LifeCycle, a seven-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the world’s largest fundraising event for HIV/AIDS, following the upcoming finale of her debut season on The Biggest Loser. Cara will join 2,500 riders and 600 volunteer “roadies” from June 5th to June 11th 2011 in a massive effort to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s AIDS/LifeCycle starts on a historic date, June 5 - the 30th anniversary of the first reported case of HIV/AIDS by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
The joint producers and beneficiaries of AIDS/LifeCycle, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation, expect record turnout for this year’s ride and are excited to have Cara join the amazing AIDS/LifeCycle community. This landmark fundraising event is essential to the work of San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center, two organizations at the forefront of efforts to reduce new infections and ensure access to proper medical care for everyone who needs it. Both organizations deliver essential community programs and services for HIV education, prevention, testing and care.
“For three decades we have been fighting HIV/AIDS and both the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center have been there since the earliest days, helping to lead that fight,” says Castronuova, the ride’s official celebrity spokesperson. “If there is one thing that boxing has taught me, it’s to never give up—and that’s also how I look at the fight against HIV/AIDS.”
Since the first San Francisco to Los Angeles Ride in 1994, the event has raised nearly $140 million for HIV/AIDS-related services and prevention. The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco AIDS Foundation predict that this year’s ride will break the previous fundraising record of $12.3 million, set in 2008. For more information about AIDS/LifeCycle please visit www.aidslifecycle.org.
For only the second time in the history of the ride, organizers have closed the event to new registrations. A registration list has been started for next year’s AIDS/LifeCycle 11. To add your name to the list, visit www.aidslifecycle.org/ALC11reg. To support a rider or make a general donation, visit www.aidslifecycle.org/donate.
About San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to ensure the HIV epidemic ends in the same city where it began. By combining innovative, evidence-based programs for HIV prevention and care with bold policy initiatives focused on issues ranging from harm reduction to total health and wellness, the agency is making sustainable progress against HIV among populations most vulnerable to the disease. Established in 1982, San Francisco AIDS Foundation refuses to accept that HIV transmission is inevitable.
About L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
Since 1971 the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center has been building the health, advocating for the rights and enriching the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our wide array of services and programs includes: free HIV/AIDS care and medications for those most in need; housing, food, clothing and support for homeless LGBT youth; low-cost counseling and addiction-recovery services; essential services for LGBT-parented families and seniors; legal services; health education and HIV prevention programs; transgender services; cultural arts and much more.