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Biking to End AIDS – Follow Our Ride with SenseAware powered by FedEx

June 7, 2010

From June 6-12, 2010, I am bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle – it’s a 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS. I am part of Team FedEx, which is a presenting sponsor of the ride.  I have been searching for a physically challenging goal with a very worthwhile cause and found both in the AIDS/LifeCycle ride. This grueling journey in a breathtaking setting is a celebration of life with the money raised going towards ending a disease that can be prevented, treated and eventually, cured.

I’ve been shocked to learn how much more needs to be done in the fight against AIDS. Although significant strides have been made in recent years, we are still at war with a disease that can affect anyone. In the U.S. alone, the statistics are startling:

  • Every 9.5 minutes, someone is infected with HIV.
  • An estimated 56,300 will become infected with HIV this year.
  • Young people, ages 13-29 account for 34% of all new infections, the largest share of any age group.

On the ride, five members of our team will actually be showcasing a yet-to-be-launched service, called SenseAware(SM) powered by FedEx and I am lucky enough to be one of the riders! This means that my bike is equipped with one of our first-of-its-kind multi-sensor tracking devices, which will tell ride followers where I am along the route and even what the temperature is, thanks to the device’s built-in temperature sensor! The service is scheduled to formally launch at the end of June and is actually for life sciences companies with high value and/or sensitive shipments and includes a web collaboration platform. In our case, we¹ll be appending blog posts, pictures and video about our experience on the ride.  To check out my ride and meet the rest of the team, visit: http://www.senseaware.com/

Previous participants tell me this ride is the experience of a lifetime. I can¹t wait to find out for myself. Certainly, biking down the Pacific Coast Highway will be an adventure and I look forward to sharing the experience with 2500 other bikers. I am definitely a little worried about the distance ­ especially given the back-to-back days of 70+ miles ­ but I am hoping the positive atmosphere of the group will get me through!

Please wish me luck and check out the team at senseaware.com!


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