June 10, 2008
HIV Pedal Pushers
A seven-day, 545-mile event that began in San Francisco and ended, on June 7, in Los Angeles, the AIDS/LifeCycle bike-a-thon raised more than $11.6 million for HIV/AIDS research, the Ventura County Star reports (venturacountystar.com 6/7).
Each bicyclist raised at least $2,500; the proceeds of the seventh-annual event benefited the San Francisco AIDS Foundation or the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
One of the 2,500 pedalers was Marla Weiss, a health and biology teacher at Beverly Hills High School, in California, who said AIDS awareness must be taught early on.
“Kids don’t think about AIDS, and there is a lot of misinformation,” Weiss said. “They’re concerned about getting pregnant and don’t even think about STDs.”
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