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Riding for Research

AIDS Ride directly benefits research

Pedaling from New York to D.C., 25 cyclists from across the United States are expected to finish a four-day, 330-mile bicycle ride in the District on Monday, Sept. 15, in an effort to raise funds for HIV/AIDS research.

Local participant Tim Weinheimer, who is gay, says the NYCDC AIDS Ride is a gratifying effort.

”It’s enormous satisfaction in knowing that I have so much more to offer, making the most of what I can do to help other people,” Weinheimer says of taking part in the ride.

”It’s also so important that the research funds are going directly to an individual that I’ve met, and now know, and trust, where he is taking his research.”

Money raised will be going directly to support research by Dr. Yuntao Wu and his team, who work with the HIV virus at George Mason University in Fairfax.

”What’s amazing about Dr. Wu’s research is that he’s taking it back to the basics and he’s really trying to solve what happens when the HIV attacks the T cell. At that moment, what can be done to change the outcome and change the course?”

As of Sept. 9, Weinheimer says organizers have collected $85,000 and are hoping to hit the $100,000 mark, noting that donations may be accepted through November.

The NYCDC AIDS Ride concludes at Regional Food and Drink (RFD) Washington, 810 Seventh St. NW. For more information, visit www.nycdc.org.

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