The Foundation For Healing
YOU MATTER TO US
The Southern Most HIV/AIDS Ride aka SMART Ride started in 2003 with a vision of giving back 100% of every dollar its participants raise to AIDS Service. Since 2003 over $12.4 Million has been raised and 100% of it returned to help those infected, affected or at risk for HIV and AIDS in Florida.
SMART Ride is now the 2nd largest AIDS bicycle ride in the country, and the only one of its size to give back 100%.
Your Fundraising supports our Foundation of dignity
Providing the basics to reach complete health and wellness*
Toiletries and linens for the housing program.
Medications not supported by grants or insurance.
Furnishing for a client's first stable home.
Transportation to life saving appointment.
Filling the gaps to allow people to take a
breath and heal with grace.
Smart riders, crew, riders, sponsors, and donors show up and letting those we serve know they matter. Your actions help eliminate stigma.
It’s caring enough to want to take care of yourself
Do you have any idea what it’s like to have no teeth?
The most impactful decision of my life happened in a split second the day I decided to shoot up meth for the first time. It led to my addiction and the reason why all my teeth fell out. I’m also HIV+ because of it.
Whenever I was getting high, I was having a lot of anonymous, unprotected sex with other men. Using condoms isn’t something that comes to mind when you’re high, and even after I found out I was HIV+, getting high was all I cared about. It allowed me to feel free being gay, and I wasn’t so stuck on my hang-ups. Meth may have temporarily relieved my discomfort with my self-acceptance, but in the long run, I paid a very high price of not only losing my teeth but having to live with HIV for the rest of my life.Read More