In 1999, Alissa Magrum and Tammy Stanley met while training for a Texas AIDS ride. Both had HIV-positive family and friends and both were avid “ride for the cure” participants.
“The riders are incredible, and their stories are just so moving,” says Magrum. “We all just bond.”
Wanting to tell their story, Magrum and Stanley reached out to Brian Andreas, a writer well-versed at summing up huge emotions and hope at the same time. He came up with this story:
I wish you could have been there for the sun & the rain & the long hard hills.
For the sound of a thousand conversations scattered along the road.
For the people laughing & crying & remembering at the end.
But mainly, I wish you could have been there.
Stanley, a graphic designer, took the story and, with permission from the writer, designed the Wish List Jersey. They’ve sold thousands to riders who want to honor someone they’ve lost. And all proceeds from the sale of the jersey got to AIDS, cancer, and various other disease-fighting nonprofits in Central Texas.
WIN THIS JERSEY: It’s easy to enter: Just comment on this post and tell us why you participate in a ride, run, or walk for the cure – any cause or organization will work, as long as it’s a race that benefits a health-related nonprofit.
We’ll review the entries and pick a winner. Please make sure to leave a valid email address.
Get more information about the Wish List Jersey (valued at $100).
DEADLINE TO ENTER: November 20