HOPE Ride 2004 on the road

The HOPE Ride is a five-day, 350-mile bike ride from July 14-18 to raise funds for essential AIDS services provided by three HIV/AIDS organizations in northern Illinois, AIDS Project Quad Cities, AIDS Care Network (Rockford), Canticle Ministries (Wheaton) and one in Wisconsin, Camp Heartland. The HOPE Ride is an entirely volunteer-produced event. As a result, overhead expenses are kept to a bare minimum, ensuring that the maximum amount of funds raised in pledges goes directly to support client services provided by the four beneficiary organizations.

Traveling along the scenic roads of northern Illinois, the ride begins in the Quad Cities on July 14, traveling north to Galena, across to Rockford on July 16, and will wrap up in Wheaton on July 18. The goal of the HOPE Ride is to raise awareness and join together to create a community of hope.

The HOPE Ride offers a way to unite the community to raise awareness about AIDS while offering riders the personal challenge of riding their bicycles across the state and creating an incredible community among the riders. While there remains no cure for HIV/AIDS, the HOPE Ride is about remembering that people with HIV/AIDS are living with, not dying from, this disease.

Because AIDS Care Network (ACN) of Rockford is one of the beneficiaries of the HOPE Ride, riders are camping in Rockford on the evening of July 16. Please give them a warm and hospitable welcome by stopping by the Clock Tower Resort Racquet Club or by honking as you drive by. To volunteer and be a part of this amazing journey, please call AIDS Care Network (ACN) at 968-5181.

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