Radiant Health Centers Gears Up for 9th Annual Orange County Ride for AIDS
Radiant Health Centers in Irvine, California invites the Orange County community to don their brightest cycling gear on Saturday, October 27, and ride for a good cause, the 9th annual Orange County Ride for AIDS, Radiant Health Centers’ one-day weekend ride that raises funds to finance the organization’s services and programs for the HIV community. The ride takes place at Bill Barber Memorial Park in Irvine, California.
Bikers, be advised that this year’s ride offers four routes that include 10-mile (Family Ride) and 30-mile (Fun Ride) routes that start at 9:30 a.m., and 62-mile (Metric Century) and 100-mile (Century Ride) routes that start at 7:00 a.m. There is a $50.00 registration fee. “Each year we receive an overwhelming amount of love and support at OCRA,” said Phil Yaeger, CEO and executive director of Radiant Health Centers. Each year’s OCRA has usually raised $115,000.00, including in-kind donations, with each rider raising an average of $750.00. Yaeger continued, “The lifesaving programs and services we offer [at Radiant Health Centers] wouldn’t be possible without it.
“We couldn’t be more thankful for the community’s support and advocacy toward ending the HIV epidemic in Orange County,” said Yaeger.
Currently, according to Radiant Health, nearly 7,000 people live with HIV in Orange County. People with HIV must take costly medications every day for the rest of their lives and face great stigma, which can lead to ills like isolation from one’s own community. Events like OCRA are crucial for raising funds to help those living with HIV, and their families, many of whom require mental health services and support to cope with living with HIV. For more than three decades, Radiant Health Centers has provided such care, helping to cut new HIV transmissions over the past 15 years. However, Orange County still records six new HIV diagnoses every week. That is why OCRA is so important to ensuring that Radiant Health Centers can continue to serve the changing HIV community.
For more information and to register, visit www.OCRideforAIDS.com. Radiant Health Centers encompasses traditional HIV testing and prevention outreach as well as long-standing services to Orange County’s HIV-positive community while also creating a safe space to help more members of our LGBTQ+ community in need of compassionate care. Learn more at www.radianthealthcenters.org.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.