This event is about AIDS and the fact that it has not gone away.
It is about the 34 million people in the world estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS.
It is about the decrease in the rate of deaths from AIDS but the 48,000 new infections per year in the U.S.
It is about the fact that New York is #1 in the U.S. in AIDS cases.
It is about the 1355 clients the Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) has served since 1984 and the 374 currently active clients who need our support and to whom we provide hope.
It is about the 138 regional events and 1,527 participants STAP reached with its Prevention Services Programs who now receive more up to date information about how to stay safe and reduce risk and make healthy choices.
It is about promoting and sharing understanding; the understanding that AIDS is an incurable, but preventable disease.
The AIDS Ride for Life is about the stories yet to be told, the lives yet to be saved, and the dreams yet to be realized.