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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

I hope someone gets photos of you on red dress day. If I recall from the LOGO show, you looked quite faboo!


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craig

YAY! Keep going you're doing great.

Tristin Borland

You have to take some pictures on Red Dress day and send them to me after the ride. hehe. Good luck on ya ride man.

Sammy (Speedo Boy)

Jon, my fellow rider from ALC4 and fabulous red dress day chain gang member. I am truly appreciating all of your entries this week. You have come a long way in this journey from your first training days in your new home of SF. I feel like I've watched you grow and take on so many challenges. Please say hello to all of our friends from last year, especially Shelly who is my fairy godmother (and blessed Brian and I with the gorgeous helmet boas last year). You are both in our thoughts as you reach your destination this week.

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