Saturday, September 15, 2012

Harbor to the Bay AIDS Bike Ride

This is the 10th anniversary of Harbor to the Bay the one-day 125 or 68 mile bike ride from Boston Harbor to Provincetown Bay. Today Saturday September 15th 500 riders & volunteers will make this trek to increase awareness in our community to help prevent HIV infection & to care for those already impacted by HIV/AIDS. What makes this fundraiser different is that 100% of the money goes to support organizations which advance the quality & accessibility of HIV & AIDS care. Over the years almost 3 million dollars have been raised. Harbor to the Bay was the brainchild Michael Tye. He created this ride so that every penny donated would go to the beneficiaries. Michael passed away at the age of 49 after a long courageous battle against Multiple Myeloma cancer just 71 days before the first ride in 2003. His brother Mark will be making the ride this year for the 10th time. Jim Morgrage who helped found Harbor to the Bay is the president of the organizing committee rides as well. This year Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will help kick off the event which begins this Saturday morning with breakfast at Trinity Church & yes the breakfast is donated too. Even the volunteers actually pay a fee to work. Every penny given to Harbor to the Bay goes to fighting AIDS & the proceeds go to Fenway Community Health, Aids Support Group of Cape Cod, Community Research Initiative & AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. Amit Dixit who is HIV positive will ride Saturday for the 4th consecutive year. Dixit stated, “The ride is powerful & challenges me to remember. Each pedal, you think about people. Everyone has someone to remember.” Updates to Come…:)
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