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ALOHA!!!

I’ve decided to take on a tremendous challenge to help in the fight against AIDS, and I really hope you will support my efforts. Over the next several months, I’ll be training to complete the Honolulu Marathon; PLUS, I’ve made it a personal mission to raise at least $3,200 for AIDS Project Los Angeles.

I’m not a professional fundraiser, and I never thought I’d agree to run 26.2 miles EVER AGAIN! But the work of APLA is so compelling; I feel I need to do my part.

First, a word about the training... As you might imagine, it’s going to take me a while to get ready to run a marathon. So, several times a week, I’ll be up at the crack of dawn and hitting the streets just as some of you are getting into your nice hot shower or enjoying your second cup of coffee. I’m starting out with just a few miles, but each week, I’ll push it a little farther. Overall, I expect to log about 500 miles! It's a bit daunting. But when the going gets tough, I’ll just think about how lucky I am to be able to do this sort of thing when so many others can’t.

Nearly 1.2 million Americans are now living with HIV, and 56,000 more will be infected this year! These aren’t just numbers; this is impacting real people and their families. For 25 years, AIDS Project Los Angeles has been providing food, home health care, and other basic needs to thousands of people whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS. Many of these people are living in poverty and have few places to turn.

Now that the economy is struggling, understandably, people are tightening up on their giving. But consider this, if things have been rough on you or someone you know, just think about how much more difficult they are for those that have even less… those that have nothing!

So, that’s why I’m asking for your help. Please join me in doing all that we can to bring an end to this epidemic.
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