Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago City Council passed a resolution on June 25, recognizing the participants and volunteers in the 11th Annual Ride for AIDS Chicago (RFAC) for their commitment to raising awareness and funding for HIV/AIDS services in Chicagoland. Organized by the not-for-profit Test Positive Awareness Network (TPAN), the two-day, 200-mile Ride for AIDS Chicago raised nearly $2.5 million in its first decade, and has a goal of raising $1 million during this year’s event July 12 and 13. Funds benefit TPAN and partnering agencies which provide vital testing, medical resources and counseling for people with HIV/AIDS. The City Council Resolution was introduced by 33rd Ward Ald. Debra Mell, 30th Ward Ald. Ariel Reboyras (who will be participating in the ride), 44th Ward Ald. Thomas Tunney, and 25th Ward Ald. Daniel Solis. Gathered for the resolution were (from left) Ebony Barney, RFAC Crew; Jason King, RFAC rider; Tim Emond, representative from RFAC sponsor Kraft and RFAC rider; Christopher Jessup, RFAC rider; 33rd Ward Ald. Debra Mell; Joel Bosch, TPAN Board Chair; Mayor Emanuel; Nancy Abbate, TPAN Interim Executive Director; Nirmalpal Sachdev, TPAN Board Member; Carl; Branch, TPAN Board Member; Jose Lopez, RFAC crew; Mario Camacho, RFAC rider; and Lorraine Hayes, RFAC crew. For more information on the Ride for AIDS Chicago 2014, visit www.rideforaids.org. For more information on the Test Positive Awareness Network, visit www.tpan.com.
Ride for AIDS Chicago (RFAC) will be held July 12 and 13 with 300+ riders cycling 200 miles in two days, Evanston to Elkhorn, Wisc. So far, nearly $700,000 has been pledged for this year’s ride, and 100% of the donations fund services through TPAN and partner agencies. RFAC closing ceremonies are Sunday, July 13, 4 to 6 p.m., Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Rd.
For 26 years, the Test Positive Awareness Network (TPAN) has been empowering people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS to live open, healthy, and productive lives. Located at 5050 N. Broadway, Chicago, TPAN delivers innovative peer-led support programs and collaborative wellness services, and to communicate comprehensive information. TPAN will provide these services until HIV/AIDS is eradicated.