'The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.' - Kalu Kalu
March 29 marks Cadence's third Charity Ride. A couple of weeks ago we introduced the charity the ride is in support of—The Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation—and, as we will open up registration for the charity classes tomorrow, we wanted to take a minute to tell you a little more about this awesome organization.
Created by and as a lasting legacy of Dr. Peter Jepson-Young, the foundation is dedicated to providing comfort care to people living with HIV/AIDS. Peter was diagnosed with the disease in 1985 and, once his condition worsed to a degree where he could no longer practice medicine, he turned his focus to educating the community at large on HIV/AIDS. Over a two year period, his experience flecked with humor and honesty was captured in a 111 episode series that aired on CBC. The Dr. Peter Diaries can still be found on the CBC website.
Since the foundation's inception in 1992, the progressive work that it has supported has been a game changer in the realm of care and support for those living with HIV/AIDS. One of their largest goals that became a reality in 2003 was to open a 24-hour care residence and day-health program. Having been previously housed in a wing of the St. Paul's Hospital, the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation successfully raised enough capital to build a four-storey care facility that can now support a larger number of day and permanent care patients with the physical, mental and emotional support needed in their battle with HIV/AIDS.
We are so excited to be holding the upcoming charity ride in support of this organization as they continue making an impact on Vancouver's communities. Come out on Saturday, March 29 and hop on a bike to support the Dr. Peter Foundation. The schedule will go live tomorrow, and it's $25 per class with all funds raised going directly to the foundation.
Let's ride to keep Dr. Peter's legacy alive!