TEMPE, Ariz. — CCBill today announced its continued support to help fight against HIV by sponsoring the upcoming AIDS/LifeCycle 2017bike ride with a charitable donation to community peer, event rider and Cybersocket Co-founder Morgan Sommer.
“Morgan’s unwavering commitment to his 7th ride is a tribute to his passion and integrity, and we could not be prouder to support him in this very crucial effort. While there has been much progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS — in the current economic climate — keeping funds going to vital services is as important as ever,” said Gary Jackson, CCBill’s managing vice president of sales.
Now in its 16th year, the AIDS/LifeCycle 2017 fundraiser is a long-distance bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It takes place June 4-10.
Sommer said that he is “honored and humbled by the ongoing support of CCBill as a company and many of the individuals who work there, who have also donated.”
“Every year, 90 percent of the donations I can garner for AIDS LifeCycle come from friends and colleagues in our industry,” Sommer said. “The support of so many people keeps me motivated to train, ride and fundraise.
“There are many worthy causes in the world, this one just happens to be close to my heart, as I have lost many people over the years to AIDS, and have many friends who are living with HIV.
“It’s been 36 years since the AIDS epidemic started, and we now have many treatment options, but they are expensive, and most people still do not have access to these treatments. But more than anything, we are trying to find a cure. And these donations support efforts to treat people living with HIV, prevent new infections and support research to find a cure.”
AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center and designed to advance their shared interest to end the pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS.