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Employees make a difference in AIDS/LifeCycle ride

By The Hub team, June 11, 2018

Two of our employees stand out among the many thousands of participants in this year's AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile, San Francisco to Los Angeles bicycle ride that raises money for AIDS/HIV services in California. More than 2,800 people participated in this year's ride, and fundraising totals are expected to exceed the $15.1 million raised last year for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Los Angeles-based flight attendant Ken Thomason has ridden the AIDS/LifeCycle ride every year since 1995 as part of a team that has helped him fundraise for this critical issue. Known as the "Chicken Lady" for the toy chicken that rides on his helmet, Ken has lifted riders' spirits with his humorous costumes and for his long-standing practice of putting a chocolate egg and inspirational quote in each of the 2,800 riders' bicycle baskets on the last day of the ride. Ken says he rides to honor the friends he's lost to the disease, and each of their names is inscribed on his helmet.

Ancillary Pricing Director James Sumers has participated in the ride for the last seven years. This year, James raised $50,000, bringing his lifetime total fundraising to more than $200,000.

When I started riding in AIDS/LifeCycle in 2012, I mainly did it as a personal physical challenge, but after that first year I saw how the ride not only raised a ton of money for HIV/AIDS services, but also how it fought the stigma of the disease and memorialized those who have died, James said. At the end of Day 1, back in 2012, when I started to question what I had gotten myself into, I rode into Santa Cruz past a woman holding a sign with a photo, the years 1950-1996, and a simple 'Thank You,'" he added. I now ride not only for her brother, but also for the countless other people whose stories have touched me over the years.

United's shared purpose is to connect people and unite the world. The AIDS/LifeCycle ride connects our two West Coast hubs, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and more importantly, connects people through an incredible cause to raise money for HIV/AIDS testing, medical care and prevention, and to raise awareness to end the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS and honor those who have passed from AIDS-related causes.

We could not be more proud of the contributions of our employees who participated as riders and fundraisers as well as those who volunteered their time on the 545-mile course, said California President Janet Lamkin.

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