Target: 82-year-old Jinny Morelock
Goal: Thank Morelock for participating in the 545-mile bike marathon AIDS/Life Cycle to fight the disease
Twenty-five years ago, Jinny Morelock’s life was shaken when her son told her that he was HIV-positive. At her son’s request, Jinny and other family members took part in an AIDS Project LA walk to raise money for the cause. Although her son tragically passed away four years later, Morelock continued to take part in various types of marathons and fundraising events to combat AIDS; when forced to by sickness or other issues, she has even walked marathons with a cane, or rode them in her wheelchair.
A few years ago, Morelock underwent serious knee surgery, and it seemed that she would never be able to take part in a marathon again. Determined to do her part for the cause, Morelock decided to try to ride the AIDS/Life Cycle marathon from San Francisco to Los Angeles—while she had volunteered as a roadie for the 545-mile marathon before, she had never taken place in it. After overcoming her knee issues, Morelock has been confirmed for the marathon and will ride in the upcoming 2013 route.
Morelock will be participating in one of the most prominent sources of funds for fighting AIDS; to date, the marathon has raised over $100 million to fund research against AIDS and educate the public about the disease. Many of us who care about ending AIDS would find our own efforts to wither in comparison to those of this brave grandmother and advocate. Please sign the petition below to thank Jinny Morelock and applaud her great efforts to fight AIDS.
Dear Jinny Morelock:
I am writing to thank you for your great efforts to fight AIDS over the past twenty-five years. Your fight against AIDS is a credit to the memory of your son and provides hope for millions suffering from the epidemic around the world. The AIDS/Life Cycle has already raised more than $100 million to fight AIDS and educate people about the disease, and you have personally helped raise thousands of dollars in addition to all the other marathons you have participated in.
Your story serves as an inspiration to all, and proves that we can all make a difference if we have the perseverance and courage to try. Thank you for your efforts, and I wish you the best of luck.
[Your Name Here]
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