Keeping the Distance

About Ride For Life

SOME PEOPLE DECIDE they will challenge themselves to get fit, to shed pounds, or to do something that is bigger than the sum of the parts.  “The Ride is a wonderful awareness builder for the cause – It is impossible to talk about the Ride with anyone without mentioning AIDS, and that helps us keep the subject in our minds, so we can work to solve the problem, not ignore it.  It identifies something that people have been afraid of, haven’t understood  how to prevent or how to respond to it. “   ~ARFL Co-Founder Jerry Dietz

THERE HAVE BEEN GREAT GAINS in prevention, dramatically dropping numbers of new infections across the globe, growing numbers of HIV-positive individuals gaining access to treatment and the continued advances in scientific research.  All reasons to be optimistic about eventually eradicating new cases of AIDS for future generations.

 THE SWIFT RISE of heroin use has increased the demand for our Opioid Overdose Prevention Program.  Over  286 lives were saved with Naloxone kits distributed by STAP staff in 2020.  Our youth center is serving a record number of young people and along with caring for clients who have HIV/AIDS, we now provide services for anyone who is Medicaid eligible and dealing with a chronic illness.  Check us out at

MAKE NO MISTAKE about the fact that HIV may be with us well into the future.  There is much to do. The money raised through the AIDS Ride For Life for the Southern Tier AIDS Program is critical for continuing the progression of prevention and education. Please join us for the Ride of your life!

Check out the event website, register to ride or donate to our fantastic riders: here

About STAP

2021 marks our 37th anniversary!  Founded in 1984, the Southern Tier AIDS Program provides supportive services to HIV+ persons and state of the art prevention education from 8 offices in an 8 county area. We work to create a world where HIV transmission is rare and those who are HIV+ lead healthy lives. We cultivate individual and community strengths to improve the public health. Our services focus on the health and well being of HIV+ persons and incorporate a harm reduction perspective and recognize that behavior change is a gradual process. As you know, many individuals in our community go without proper resources and essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors attributed to HIV/AIDS. While all of us are susceptible to hard times, those living with HIV/AIDS are especially underserved. New York State is #1 in cases of HIV/AIDS in the United States. With the generous support of people like you, we will be able to help many of these individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but to work toward a brighter future as we provide supportive services to HIV positive individuals and state of the art prevention education. We will be able to continue our work to create a world where HIV transmission is rare and those who are HIV positive lead healthy lives. 

2020 Ride Committee

Mary Kaminsky, Director of Development -

Hannah Van Ostrand, Program Assistant -

Jerry Dietz, Co-Founder -

Russ Traunstein, Co-Founder -

Adam Brumberg -

Autumn Cook, SAG Support -

Drew Noden -




2021 STAP Board of Directors

  • Jill Alford-Hammitt, President
  • Marsha Stock, Vice President
  • Jeffrey Steber, Secretary
  • Andrea Shapley, Treasurer
  • Michael Belz
  • Jennifer Cackowski
  • Elisabeth Faughnan
  • Tina Fernandez
  • Barbara Goldman-Wartell
  • James Onyeike
  • Kelly Wildey
  • John Slavik
  • Rosemary Collier