Vaccine Bike Rides Generate $1.2 Million
Action Cycling’s 2012 AIDS Vaccine 200 bike ride raised $260,000 to support HIV vaccine research at the Emory Vaccine Center, bringing total donations during the past ten years to $1.2 million. The two-day, two-hundred-mile ride drew more than two hundred riders and one hundred volunteers. Beginning at Emory’s School of Medicine, riders biked to Camp Rock Eagle in the Oconee National Forest in one day and returned to Emory the next.
“The riders and volunteers participate to honor those who have succumbed to AIDS, to give hope to everyone living with HIV, and to build a community that believes we will defeat HIV. We’ve made the Emory Vaccine Center our primary beneficiary because we know the world-class research done there will help bring about a world without AIDS,” says Bret Busch, president of Action Cycling.
The AIDS Vaccine 200 supports many projects at Emory, including the development of one of the world’s first preventive AIDS vaccines being tested in phase II clinical trials, the development of a therapeutic vaccine in early stage clinical testing, and efforts to combat AIDS in Africa through prevention, counseling, and testing. Next year’s ride will take place May 18–19, 2013.