AIDS Help, one of the seven participating Agencies of the 2016 SMART Ride, was awarded $120,140.63 (TSR) raised for its participation in the annual 165-mile trek from Miami to Key West.
At the January 14th check distribution party, 7 AIDS service organizations (ASOs) plus AIDS Help were recognized for their participation: Pridelines, Broward House, Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Miracle of Love, Inc. and Compass Community Center.
Registration for TSR 14 is now open. For more information, simply go to
or access The Mile Markers for SMART Ride 2017 on FACEBOOK at
and message Karen Frank-Noll, 2017 Team Captain, from that page.
The enthusiasm and energy of riders and crew throughout Monroe County always plays a key role in the AIDS Help’s percentage of the total disbursement.
The Mile Marker Team of 17 cyclists ranked as the #3 TSR team, having raised nearly $48,000 through family, friends, sponsorships and fundraisers.
Other events, such as Saturday BINGO at Poinciana Royale, Sunday Tea Dances, Christopher Peterson’s ‘The Broads of Broadway’ and The Miss Firecracker Pageant helped complete the Agency’s participatory “buy-in” to the event.
“We work handlebar-to-handlebar with TSR management and the other ASOs to remind this state that there is still neither vaccine or cure for HIV and AIDS,” says Executive Director Scott Pridgen.
TSR’s inception dates back to 1993, when it was known as BIKE It & B.E.A.R. It. Since, over $8,300,000 has been raised and returned to Florida organizations working with HIV/AIDS clients for direct services…the only one of its size to give back 100%.
This disbursement, intended solely for the care of clients living with HIV/AIDS, represents critical stopgap money for needs not covered by in-house grants, including a neuropathy alleviation program (long term usage of HIV-medications often trigger this crippling nerve pain); pharmaceutical and specific dental needs; and emergency housing and utility assistance.
In fact, Monroe County has seen a significant rise in new reported HIV and AIDS cases this year, going from four in the first nine months of 2015 to 21 during that same period this year.
The state of Florida led the country in new reported HIV and AIDS cases last year with 7,208 new cases; statewide, there are 112,000 people with HIV or AIDS and 658 people with the disease in Monroe County.