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About two and a half years ago during my last year in graduate school I decided to play around with crystal meth. I think we all know where this story goes and yes, I did live the stereotypical gay life for about 7 or 8 months after that experiment. My addiction quickly developed in which I dropped out of school, lost an apartment including all of my belongings and completely separated myself from my family. The only thing I was interested in doing was shooting up meth and hanging out with people who did the same. Needless to say, I contracted the HIV virus during this period of time. My family saved me though by forcing me into a rehab program that saved my life! Now that I have survived that ordeal, I recognize that it is time to give back to society in any way that I can. Riding in the AIDS/LifeCycle 6 event is allowing me to begin making up the damage I caused to society during my time as a drug addict.




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Rusty and Mark

We are in awe of what you have embarked on this week. Both of us were there to see the start of your ride this morning at Cow Palace. All of you absolutely rock! We wish the very best for everyone on the ride, both physically and mentally. -Rusty and Mark, San Francisco

Jaime Merrifield

Thanks so much for your blog, James, my sister is riding (Tray #1840) from team 100 and I wish I could be there. Good for you fighting off your addiction and turning your life around, enjoy your ride, thanks for being there to share it with me, Jaime Merrifield

Anne Miller

I think it's amazing what you are all doing - you go James!

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