AIDS Lifecycle - Ride to end AIDS


About Me

I never thought I would do anything like AIDS/LifeCycle but I did! My first Ride was ALC 9 and I have never been more empowered in my life. I remember the day I registered for the Ride at LA Pride. I was so excited and I didn’t know how I was going to be able to Ride a bike that far or raise that much money but I was in! As the year went on I slowly trained and the donations kept coming in. I decided to do the Ride and through the process of training, fundraising and really talking to people about what it was that I was doing. I realized that I was riding in honor of my late Uncle Fred who died of AIDS related complications when I was 16. I learned there was so much about him that I had taken for granted and so much that he had given me while he was here. Like the love of dance, art and classical music. I was too young to truly comprehend the struggle he went through when he lost his partner in the early 80’s of this disease called GRIDS. I was too young to understand that his life was a struggle as a gay man in New York who didn’t know what was happening to his community. So many lives have been lost to this disease. I rode for my Uncle Fred and those who were no longer with us. I rode for those who could not ride.

Through the process of my AIDS/LifeCycle experience I have discovered what I want to do with my life. I want to create change. I want to empower people to go far beyond what they think they are capable of doing. I want to challenge the world to be a better place. I want to see a day where HIV/AIDS is over.

It is an incredible honor to be able to work here at AIDS/LifeCycle and experience all of you, hear your stories, share your successes and work together in the fight to End AIDS.

Marni Z

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Ghandi