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Jon Garrison

Jon

I'm doing it again. Why? Wasn't last year enough? Close to 1,000 miles of training, hundreds of hours getting my body fit, worrying about raising enough funds to be part of the event, waking at 4AM way too many times to ride across the cold and foggy Golden Gate Bridge, tired, tired, and more tired. So why am I doing it again? Because AIDS still exists. It's real and tangible, present and fatal, and it knows no social or racial boundaries. I ride because I need to. Am I crazy? Perhaps. Committed? Most definitely. Through this ride I've been validated, come to terms with my disease, and found the strength to not only tell my own family, but the entire world. Today I shout proudly, I am alive... I am a 25 year old second year rider who has been living with HIV for the past five years.

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Comments

Tom

Wow, that was scary about the tire. Hang in there though with the goose.

I'm very proud of you and what you're doing.

Hugs
Tom

Mom and Dad

Gee, Jon just check the weather back here in Ohio if it's too hot for you. You know what they say about it here...if you don't like the weather just wait a few minutes, it'll change.

Seriously, sorry about the heat. PLEASE take care and drink plenty of fluids. Our commments from yesterday aren't listed so I don't know what happened to them. Anyway...keep up the good work. When the heat gets turned up and the leggies are screaming at ya, remember why you are doing this insane ride. There's always a light at the end of the tunnel, and the light this time isn't a train but, hopefully, a cure for Aids and HIV.

Keep pedaling and know that Mom and I are right there with you. Love ya

Mom and Dad

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