Proceeds go directly to support the Friends of the Betty Finney House HIV/AIDS Memorial Garden in the city of Lancaster, PA – a Dream Ride Project’s Legacy *Project.
What is World AIDS Day?
Since 1988, on 1 December each year, people worldwide unite in the fight against HIV and to show their support for people living with HIV, and commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever ‘global health day’.
Why is World AIDS Day important?
Globally, an estimated 34 million people have HIV. Between 1981 and 2008, more than 25 million people died from the virus, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Many scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment. Laws have been enacted worldwide to protect people living with HIV. Yet despite this, the stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with HIV. World AIDS Day reminds the public and governments worldwide, that HIV has not gone away – that there is still a vital need to raise money for the purposes of increasing awareness, improving education – battling ignorance – to bring the spread of this virus to a halt.
In the Beginning…..
June 5, 1993- May 21, 1994 – Dream Ride for AIDS
AIDS Awareness (Photo credit: sassy mom)
A solo, self-contained bicycle tour by Mike Ridgeway to promote education efforts concerning HIV infection and AIDS.
“Although I get most of the notoriety for spending nearly a year on the road and making presentations all around the country, I know I couldn’t have done it without “the gang.” So a big thanks goes out to the original Dream Ride for AIDS folks; Pamela, Helen, Kathy, Chris, Rita, Pete & Patty, Jeannine, Jim, Scott & Christy, Monroe, Dennis, Mike, Bill, Sheri & Keith, Denise, Ben, Jeff, Sid, Dennis, Harold & Joni, Rich, and Tim. And I’m not leaving out my own family; Mom & Dad and Lynn & Val and their families all rallied around my cause and supported my efforts throughout the year-long journey.” ~ Mike Ridgeway, Founder and Exec. Director, Dream Ride Projects
May 19, 1995
As part of 12th Annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and Mobilization, another SOLO and self-contained ride. This ride was just the perimeter of Lancaster County. The purpose was to promote The Betty Finney HIV/AIDS Memorial Garden, and honor county residents who had died battling this disease.
14 hours, 32 Minutes
Sept. 8-October 25, 1995
In partnership with Statewide American Red Cross Chapters, a SOLO bicycle tour of the perimeter of the state of Pennsylvania. The purpose was to present HIV/AIDS presentations.
48 Days, 8 Hours, 30 Minutes
Sept. 9-Oct 7, 1996
A second SOLO PA state perimeter ride for AIDS awareness.
29 Days, 6 Hours, 10 minutes
Oct. 9- Oct. 12, 1996
First ‘Dream Ride for AIDS, The Road to the AIDS Quilt.’ Eight other cyclists joined Mike Ridgeway on a three-day bicycle trip to deliver quilt panels via bicycle to the 1996 AIDS Memorial Quilt display in Washington, D.C. on Columbus Day Weekend.
2 Days, 5 Hours, 17 Minutes
11 New Quilt Panels
Husa, Lisa, Nancy, Michele, Michelle, Mike, Randy, Tom, Tracey
May 1- May 4, 1997
Three cyclists, including Mike Ridgeway rode Lancaster county’s perimeter over four days. The project included AIDS quilt displays in Willow Street, Adamstown, Elizabethtown and Lancaster City. Three cyclists joined us from Elizabethtown, and we walked together at the Lancaster AIDS Walk.
3 Days, 2 Hours, 54 Minutes
Two Churches, One College, One Community AIDS Walk
Benjamin, Michele, Mike, Nancy, Tom, Tracey
Aug. 29-Nov. 9, 1997
This SOLO cross-country bicycle tour carried eight newly made quilt panels to the original home of the NAMES Project in San Francisco. Michael Ridgeway rode alone. The panels were carried with a B.O.B. Trailer in tow.
72 days, 4 Hours, 5 Minutes