Scott Ferguson

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Fundraising for Charity Treks Inc
raised of US$10,000 target
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Event: Charity Treks HIV/AIDS Vaccine Bike Trek 2021, on 7 August 2021
Charity Treks Tour de Champlain HIV/AIDS Vaccine Bike Trek 2021


Dear Family, Friends and Colleagues,

Most of you know I have been riding my bicycle to raise money for AIDS service organizations and an AIDS vaccine since 1999. Some summers I rode multiple events. I have made some lifelong friendships and met some of the best people in my life from these events. Beth and I even met in 2003 on a ride in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Every summer since 2002, until the pandemic of 2020 caused us to cancel our annual ride, the Charity Treks family has ridden to raise funds for an AIDS vaccine research. In August we will once again be gathering in Burlington, Vermont.

I am not certain that I ever really understood or appreciated what someone who is HIV positive goes through. Imagine having a compromised immune system, needing to take an ungodly amount of expensive medications every day (if you have REALLY good insurance or are independently wealthy), having your blood monitored regularly and medication changes based on those tests. Now with my diagnosis of Aplastic Anemia, I don’t have to imagine these scenarios, I get to live a parallel version.

While I physically can’t ride this year, Beth and I are going to Burlington to support our August family that will ride. Even though I am not riding I would be very thankful if you would consider a donation to this cause, which is near and dear to my heart. Charity Treks also has an anonymous donor that is doubling the first $ 10,000 in donations. Your $10 donation becomes $20, your $25 donation become $50 and your $100 donation becomes $200.

100% of your donation goes to Emory Vaccine Center and UCLA AIDS Institute. Since its inception, Charity Treks has given over $1,750,000 to the beneficiaries in the form of unrestricted funds for seed grants. To date, the seed grants provided by Charity Treks have resulted in millions of dollars towards novel concepts to reach the goal; a world free from AIDS.

I look forward to sharing the news of the event with you when we return from Burlington the week of August 9th. Thank you ever so much for your consideration and generosity. 

Scott Ferguson, Scruffy OT Bear and Beth Nichols

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About the campaign

Charity Treks Tour de Champlain HIV/AIDS Vaccine Bike Trek 2021

About the charity

We raise money to fund HIV/AIDS Vaccine Research

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