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Vanessa Bowen Seeks Community Support for 2024 AIDS/LifeCycle Ride

Albuquerque, NM – May 10, 2024 – Help Vanessa Bowen cross the finish line – the fundraising finish line, that is! Vanessa is on a mission to raise $3,500 to participate in the 2024 AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545-mile charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles from June 2nd to 8th, 2024. 

Vanessa Bowen (They/Them) is a Diné (Navajo) product designer and cyclist. Their work gravitates toward the intersection of design and social equity. Bowen is a former Outride Ambassador, current Chamois Butt’r and Kuat Racks Ambassador, founder of Get Native Kids on Bikes, and a supporter of AIDS/LifeCycle. If not creating in their studio in Albuquerque, they are training for a cycling event or community building for a just, equitable future.

So far with community support, Bowen has raised close to $2,000 and needs that extra help to earn $1,500 more.

Join the Send-Off Party and Support Local Businesses

Show your support for Vanessa and a great cause at a special fundraising event and send-off party on Saturday, May 18th at Soo Bak Seoul Bowl, 111 Hermosa Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM. This afternoon of fun features:

  • Local vendors showcasing their creations
  • Live entertainment by Ryan Dennison
  • Delicious food and drink specials by award-winning Chef John Katrinak
  • Special giveaways from donors
  • A talk by Vanessa Bowen about recent cycling achievements and the AIDS/LifeCycle journey


Support a Worthy Cause and Indigenous Communities

Vanessa is not only raising money for life-saving services offered by AIDS/LifeCycle, but also raising awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on tribal communities. In 2023, Vanessa raised over $4,000 and completed their first AIDS/LifeCycle, and aims to repeat that success this year with your help.

Can’t Make the Event? Donate Today!

Even if you can’t attend the send-off party, you can still contribute to Vanessa’s fundraising goal by making a tax-deductible donation at

Additional Information:

  • Event Date: Saturday, May 18th, 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Location: Soo Bak Seoul Bowl, 111 Hermosa Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM
  • Vanessa’s Contact:
  • Vendor Opportunities: Available, contact Vanessa for details

About AIDS/LifeCycle

AIDS/LifeCycle is a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, that raises awareness about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic, and funds services such as HIV testing, prevention, care, and much more. 

AIDS/LifeCycle benefits, and is jointly produced by, San Francisco AIDS Foundation (Tax ID # 94-2927405) and Los Angeles LGBT Center (Tax ID # 95-3567895), each of which is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation recognized as tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Donations to AIDS/LifeCycle are deductible for income tax purposes, to the extent permitted by law.


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