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AIDS/LifeCycle Stories: Oldest LifeCycle Participant Inspired By Daughter's Early Work With HIV Patients

Suzanne

NATHAN MANSKE

Guestblogger The ImFromDriftwood.com crew is in California for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Jesse James Rice will be sending us exclusive daily Video Stories from some of the 2350 riders who are embarking on the 7-day, 545 mile trek. You can also follow their daily adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Driftwood For some reason I was adamant about finding the oldest LifeCycle particpant. I didn't know if that person was going to be a man, woman, Rider, Roadie, LGB or T, but I knew I wanted to get his or her story. After several days and some detective work I found out her name is Suzanne Jonson and she worked at Rest Stop 3. She had a sweet story about being a very proud mom of an early HIV hero and I'm glad I found her.

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PREVIOUS STORIES FROM OUR AIDS/Lifecycle SPECIAL...
HIV-Positive Mother Confronts and Battles AIDS Stigma That Killed Her Brother [tr]
Young Man Calls Mom At Rest Stop To Tell Her He's HIV-Positive [tr]
Ride Brings Actor Chad Allen and Father Closer Than Ever [tr]
From Mocking LGBT People to Cycling 545 Miles By Their Side [tr]
After Decades of Stigma, Man Feels Comfortable in Being Open About HIV Status [tr]
AIDS/Lifecycle 10 Ride Opening Ceremonies: Video [tr]

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AIDS/LifeCycle Stories: HIV-Positive Mother Confronts and Battles AIDS Stigma That Killed Her Brother

  Kaya Dzambic TR

NATHAN MANSKE

Guestblogger The ImFromDriftwood.com crew is in California for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Jesse James Rice will be sending us exclusive daily Video Stories from some of the 2350 riders who are embarking on the 7-day, 545 mile trek. You can also follow their daily adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Driftwood We filmed Kaya's story on Red Dress Day, a day which is pretty self-explanatory. Filming Kaya's story on this day was a great coincidence since her story touches on the stigma about HIV/AIDS, and thousands of cyclists wearing red makes such a bold, loud, you-can't-miss-it statement. I thought the out loud backdrop was a nice complement to Kaya's decision to not hide anymore.

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In related news, Karen Ocamb at LGBT POV has posted a gallery of riders in red.

PREVIOUS STORIES FROM OUR AIDS/Lifecycle SPECIAL...
Young Man Calls Mom At Rest Stop To Tell Her He's HIV-Positive [tr]
Ride Brings Actor Chad Allen and Father Closer Than Ever [tr]
From Mocking LGBT People to Cycling 545 Miles By Their Side [tr]
After Decades of Stigma, Man Feels Comfortable in Being Open About HIV Status [tr]
AIDS/Lifecycle 10 Ride Opening Ceremonies: Video [tr]

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AIDS/LifeCycle Stories: Young Man Calls Mom At Rest Stop To Tell Her He's HIV-Positive

Kenny Norman TR

NATHAN MANSKE

GuestbloggerThe ImFromDriftwood.com crew is in California for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Jesse James Rice will be sending us exclusive daily Video Stories from some of the 2350 riders who are embarking on the 7-day, 545 mile trek. You can also follow their daily adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Driftwood At Rest Stop 3 on the third day of the Ride, Kenny approached the embedded Press Corps, which IFD is a part of, and informed us that he was about to call his mom to tell her for the first time that he's HIV-positive. He told me the decision came after having a lot of alone time to think about it while cycling and also the amazing community that's been surrounding him the past few days. He invited us to film his end of the phone conversation which lead to an incredibly emotional moment on the Ride.

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PREVIOUS STORIES FROM OUR AIDS/Lifecycle SPECIAL...
Ride Brings Actor Chad Allen and Father Closer Than Ever [tr]
From Mocking LGBT People to Cycling 545 Miles By Their Side [tr]
After Decades of Stigma, Man Feels Comfortable in Being Open About HIV Status [tr]
AIDS/Lifecycle 10 Ride Opening Ceremonies: Video [tr]

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AIDS/LifeCycle Stories: Ride Brings Actor Chad Allen and Father Closer Than Ever

Chad_allen

GuestbloggerThe ImFromDriftwood.com crew is in California for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Jesse James Rice will be sending us exclusive daily Video Stories from some of the 2350 riders who are embarking on the 7-day, 545 mile trek. You can also follow their daily adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Driftwood Chad arrived in the small town of Bradley, CA, early in the morning to wrap red ribbons and bows on the fences, bridges and light posts for the riders to see when they arrived for lunch. After lunch we found a field nearby and he assured me he already had a story in mind that he wanted to share. Just before we started filming, though, we were chatting about LifeCycle and a lightbulb went off in his head. He suddenly had a different story he wanted to share and I'm sure glad he did.

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PREVIOUS STORIES FROM OUR AIDS/Lifecycle SPECIAL...
From Mocking LGBT People to Cycling 545 Miles By Their Side [tr]
After Decades of Stigma, Man Feels Comfortable in Being Open About HIV Status [tr]

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AIDS/LifeCycle Stories: From Mocking LGBT People To Cycling 545 Miles By Their Side

David Phillips TR

NATHAN MANSKE

GuestbloggerThe ImFromDriftwood.com crew is in California for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Jesse James Rice will be sending us exclusive daily Video Stories from some of the 2350 riders who are embarking on the 7-day, 545 mile trek. You can also follow their daily adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Driftwood We met David at the lunch stop on the first day of the ride. After asking him to share a story with us, he immediately agreed and only asked for 5 minutes to finish eating. I didn't know he was straight at first but sure enough, we ended up getting our first ally story. Following David, we met so many other straight allies we had to start making sure people we were speaking with were actually LGBT. It's inspiring to meet so many allies on the ride.

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PREVIOUS STORIES FROM OUR AIDS/Lifecycle SPECIAL...
After Decades of Stigma, Man Feels Comfortable in Being Open About HIV Status [tr]

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AIDS/LifeCycle Stories: After Decades Of Stigma And Silence, Man Finds Comfort In Being Open About HIV Status

Bob Katz TR

NATHAN MANSKE

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Guestblogger The ImFromDriftwood.com crew is in California for the 10th annual AIDS/LifeCycle, a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles raising money for HIV/AIDS. IFD founder Nathan Manske and guest videographer and editor Jesse James Rice will be sending us exclusive daily Video Stories from some of the 2350 riders who are embarking on the 7-day, 545 mile trek. You can also follow their daily adventures on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Driftwood We filmed Bob's story on what is known as "Day Zero" of the ride, which is the registration and orientation for the over 3000 riders, volunteers and staff. For logistical reasons we're only going to be able to capture about 10-12 Video Stories throughout the week, and I was worried about finding the right ones to represent the entire experience. But after meeting a few people like Bob early on I realized finding great and meaningful stories won't be a challenge at all.

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