Ride On! Save the Date(s)!

Dear Riders and Crew,

It’s time to start thinking about training for Harbor to the Bay! Though some days have already felt like summer, the first day of spring is less than three weeks away.  Save the date: the Harbor to the Bay planning committee is already planning for Ride 15 on September 23, 2017.

Ride 15 Kickoff Party: 6pm on April 6th at Club Café
Come out to the Ride 15 Kickoff event on April 6th to learn about the ride, have your questions answered, meet the beneficiaries, and connect with fellow H2B enthusiasts! As always, we’ll have exciting incentives and prizes so register today, bring your friends, and tell anyone who may be interested in participating! Special thanks to our friends at Club Café for donating their space, light bites, and refreshments.  Facebook event page

Discounted Cycling Gear for the H2B Community
Our friends at XX2i Optics are offering 30% to Harbor to the Bay participants on their website! To redeem this offer, choose some new gear at www.xx2i.com and enter the coupon code H2TB at checkout.  Please feel free to share this offer far and wide!

Updates from our Beneficiaries
Last year our riders and crew raised over $459,000 to support Harbor to the Bay’s four beneficiaries: AIDS Action Committee (AAC), AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod (ASGCC,) Community Research Initiative (CRI) and Fenway Health.

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts is the state’s leading provider of prevention and wellness services for people vulnerable to HIV infection, and we provide services to people living with a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.  Many of the people who walk through our doors are facing significant economic challenges that make accessing care more difficult.  The average AIDS Action client has an annual income of less than $10,000.  Since 2000, we have helped reduce HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts by 41%, saving the state an estimated $1.8 billion in avoided HIV-related health care costs.

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod reached over 100,000 residents and visitors this year through our outreach programs, providing lifesaving information as well as testing and screening for HIV/AIDS and many other sexually transmitted infections. We continue to provide direct services including extensive case management, transportation assistance, access to food and nutrition services and a whole range of other services to help people with HIV/AIDS lead healthy lives.

CRI is kicking off 2017 with new clinical trials and expanded services, including an innovative study that will investigate long-acting injectable HIV treatment as a safe, effective alternative to taking a pill every day.  CRI also recently rolled out a statewide PrEP Drug Assistance Program to help people access PrEP and prevent new HIV infections as part of their partnership with the Department of Public Health. Our riders and crew make a tremendous impact on CRI’s work and the over 10,000 Massachusetts residents we serve every year! Questions about riding or crewing with CRI? Contact Michael Corrente at mcorrente@crine.org or 617-502-1710.

Fenway Health was the first medical provider in New England to diagnose and treat HIV/AIDS in 1981 and continues to care for over 2,000 people living with HIV/AIDS and administer 12,000 HIV antibody test annually.  100% of patients who test positive are triaged into our care and services. In late 2016, the Fenway Institute began recruiting for three new HIV prevention studies; the AMP study, an entirely new method of preventing infection, the DISCOVER study which will look at new drug combination for PrEP compared to the widely used Truvada, and the injectable PrEP study.

Thank you for helping to provide much needed funding to help our beneficiaries! We hope you’re taking advantage of the early cycling weather and we look forward to your joining us for Ride 15!

See you soon,

H2B Board & Planning Committee

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