BECOMING BEAUTY: A Beautiful Person & A Beautiful Cause [RePost]

[this is a re-post of the article published on ItsAGlamThing.com
“BECOMING BEAUTY: A Beautiful Person & A Beautiful Cause”
By Sarah Nean Bruce ~ It’s A Glam Thing Beauty/Health/Lifestyle Reporter 5/1/2013]

Boo Jarchow serves as the Associate Art Director of The Advocate. (Photo by Bradford Rogne)

Boo Jarchow serves as the Associate Art Director of The Advocate. (Photo by Bradford Rogne)

In order for me to participate in the (AIDS/LIFE CYCLE 2013) ride,
I have pledged to raise $5,000 by June 1st. ~ Boo Jarchow

A Bright and Beautiful Person
Doing Hard and Beautiful Work
for A Vital and Beautiful Cause.

I am asking our It’s A Glam Thing Readers and Followers and Fans, Facebook Friends and Supporters, Twitter Followers & Hashtaggers, and my friends and family – near and afar – for an awesome and special kindness: Please join me to help my friend Boo Jarchow raise money in the month of May so she can be a participant in the annual AIDS/LIFE CYCLE 2013 Ride, as she continues on her endeavors and advocacy to raise awareness for finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.

It is your actions that define your legacy, not your intentions.
’Supporting’ LGBT equality – or any other cause – is nice,
but useless without action. ~ Boo Jarchow

Boo continues to take action and she does something larger than herself, more challenging and bigger than her usual planning of protests, rallies or gathering signatures for petitions: she is taking action, yet again, by Riding to End AIDS from June 2-8, 2013 in AIDS/LifeCycle 12 http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/boo.

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. ~ Boo Jarchow

A fun photo from the half way marker during Boo’s first year on the ride (ALC 10 in 2011)

A fun photo from the half way marker during Boo’s first year on the ride (ALC 10 in 2011)

I believe what Boo is doing is very important because it can inspire us to remember people who lost their lives in the AIDS pandemic, and it can also help to ensure those alive stay alive, and have longer, better quality lives living with HIV and AIDS.

While times are tough for all of us, any funds you can contribute would be greatly appreciated. I can assure you this is an important and worthy cause. ~ Boo Jarchow

~&~

Something Personal. Something Remarkable.

I met Boo more than eleven years ago, and her efforts and her giving spirit have impressed me over the years. And yet, there is another extraordinary and dear thing about Boo that further inspires me to reach out, to help and to hopefully boost her cause. Boo has faced an added health challenge for over ten years that is escalated by physically participating in the AIDS/LifeCycle ride each year.

As a type 1 diabetic, I have a constant reminder of the importance of staying healthy, even with a lifelong illness that requires daily treatment. The increasing cost of healthcare is a major concern for myself and other people living with incurable illnesses.

It has been quite the journey preparing myself for the big ride. Aside from training to ride my bike all those miles, I have had to learn how to manage my diabetes while going through such intense exercise, and planning how to manage the ups and downs over seven straight days of riding nearly 100 miles each day.

But the benefits to my health and knowledge are so minor in comparison to the great impact the funds I raise will have on the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. ~ Boo Jarchow

Boo at the “Half Way to LA” marker on ALC 11 - 2012. She must also plan and manage her lifelong illness, Type 1 Diabetes, with daily treatment while enduring the strenuous physical activity of the ride.

Boo at the “Half Way to LA” marker on ALC 11 – 2012. She must also plan and manage her lifelong illness, Type 1 Diabetes, with daily treatment while enduring the strenuous physical activity of the ride.

~&~

Something More. Something Beyond Us.

There are many reasons why I am reaching out to you now for donations to Boo Jarchow’s fundraiser. Beyond all my personal and heartfelt reasons, there are enticing donor incentives. And above all that, there are lofty aspirations for all of us taking action.

First, when we donate and help support Boo on her goal to raise $5000 to sponsor her participation in the AIDS/LifeCycle 2013 ride (earmarked for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) we get a tax-deductible donation.

Second, a donation allows It’s A Glam Thing a chance to give back and REWARD one of Boo’s donors with Special Giveaways (*details below).

Third, our tax-deductible donations and our support (including sharing Boo’s Participant Page with others) not only define us and our legacy, they let Boo know We Acknowledge, We Champion, and We Celebrate her efforts on this cause, this fundraiser, and her seven day / 545-mile Ride to End Aids while living with her own lifelong illness.

And ultimately, we become part of the panacea of raising awareness and funds for a worthy cause that provides help to make that difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS, and perhaps alleviate suffering… which benefits all humankind.

~&~

An intention. A decision. A recommendation.

I decided a while ago, I would look to promote and boost beautiful and brightGivers (with my countless contacts, my storytelling & writing talents, my digital & social media networking skills, plus my marketing/PR abilities), who are supporting and doing the Beautiful and Hard Work for Beautiful and Vital Causes.

This is Boo’s third year on the ALC Bike Ride. I’ve witnessed, through her repeated actions and continually giving her all, that she is devoted and steadfast on this vital cause to End Aids.

Day on the Ride 2011: ❝A training ride set up by the actual ALC organizations meant to literally be just like a day on the actual ride so newbies know what they are getting themselves into, hahaha.❞ ~ Boo Jarchow

Day on the Ride 2011: ❝A training ride set up by the actual ALC organizations meant to literally be just like a day on the actual ride so newbies know what they are getting themselves into, hahaha.❞ ~ Boo Jarchow

~&~

Reaching Out. Giving Back.

During the month of May, I will beseech you, and implore you, to make your tax-deductible donations on behalf of a beautiful person who is working hard at raising awareness and funds, and who will then be cycling for a beautiful cause.

As a Thank You for Donating on Boo’s Participant PageIt’s A Glam Thing is giving back with *Special Giveaways.

Each week one winner will be selected, at random, from Boo’s Donors.
The weekly winner will receive a Surprise Gift Box from It’s A Glam Thing ($100 value).

Donate as often as you like because each time you give (minimum $25) is a CHANCE to win each week.
(Simply forward a copy of the donation confirmation email from Boo Jarchow’s Participant Page to BECOMING@itsaglamthing.com and you are entered in the weekly drawing).

Finally, at the end of this fundraising campaign (June 1st, 2013), a Grand Prize Gift Basket from It’s A Glam Thing ($250 value) will be awarded to The Donor Who Gives The Most Money to Boo’s ALC 2013 Fundraiser.

It’s easy. It’s quick. And, it’s a good deed that offers an opportunity to receive a near-immediate reward, in return, from It’s A Glam Thing. Of course, the long-term reward is to know we took action to help contribute to Boo’s individual fundraising efforts for ALC 2013, which is a lovely and important thing in and of itself.

Join me now and show support for AIDS/LifeCycle 2013
with your tax-deductible donations on
Boo Jarchow’s Personal Participant page
{by the way, I hear there is a monthly payment option, too}.

~&~

People who know me Know I am a Giver.

It has long been my goal to help and be of service to others who are Givers. This is why I appreciate and I am grateful to be able to help Boo as she Gives Her All on this fundraising and awareness campaign, and then she will Give Even More on the 545-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
I hope you will become a Giver of help to Boo’s cause, too.

All of us can be active and participative in boosting Boo’s quest to raise funds and awareness. Perhaps we can even live a little vicariously on her cycling journey {honestly, I don’t think I could do 10% of the ride Boo does even on one day!}. Personally, it is my honor to help Boo – with all my talents and all my contacts and all my actions – on her extraordinary annual fundraiser; to be an active promoter and virtual follower of her arduous yearly bike trek from San Francisco to Los Angeles; and finally to be a devoted watcher as Boo (and her team) crosses the finish line for the third time on June 8th, 2013.

Boo crossing the Finish Line of ALC11 (2012)

Boo crossing the Finish Line of ALC11 (2012)

Even if you can’t donate at the moment,
I encourage you to find out even MORE on why she is participating
~ via Boo Jarchow’s Personal Participant Page ~
which includes information about the big event.

~&~

The long run. The long haul. The Big Picture.

We’ll keep riding until AIDS and HIV are a thing of the past. ~ Boo Jarchow

I intend to keep advocating for and boosting
this Bright and Beautiful Person on
her Hard and Beautiful Work
with this Vital and Beautiful Cause
until the pandemic and human suffering
caused by HIV and AIDS ends.
What say You? ≈ sarah nean bruce

Racks & Rims Cycling Teammate Tracy with Boo on “Red Dress Day” as “Britney” and “Santana” from GLEE (ALC 11 - 2012)

Racks & Rims Cycling Teammate Tracy with Boo on “Red Dress Day” as “Britney” and “Santana” from GLEE (ALC 11 – 2012)

HIV does not discriminate based on race, background or sexual orientation. Please click on the link below and donate as generously as you can. Together we can make a difference! Thanks! ~ Boo Jarchow

CLICK LINK TO: Boo Jarchow’s Personal Participant Page

~*~

MESSAGE FROM AUTHOR: As always, I appreciate and thank you for
reading, «commenting», liking+, rating✭, and sharing∞ any, or all, of this.
Perhaps, together, we can spark a “social media butterfly effect!”
εїз ❀ ॐ ☯ @sarahneanbruce

~*~

MESSAGE FROM IT’S A GLAM THING:

http://www.tofighthiv.org/goto/boo

Please forward…
Please click on the link above and spread the word…
Please hit the recommend button…
Please share it on Face Book and Twitter (hashtags: #BOOALC2013, #ITSAGLAMTHING) & all of your social networking outlets.
~ Lisa Cocuzza and the Beauty Experts at ItsAGlamThing.com

~*~

POSTSCRIPTUM FROM AUTHOR: I promise I won’t hammer you with all the grim details of the HIV / AIDS epidemic except to quickly tell you:

In the United States…

• Since the AIDS epidemic began in 1981, 1.7 million Americans have been infected with HIV and more than 617,025 have died of AIDS-related causes.
• 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, representing a slight increase over time as people are living longer with HIV disease and new infections remain relatively stable.
• An estimated 21% of people living with HIV are undiagnosed.

~&~

And, here’s a bit about this great cause, and the excellent work of the beneficiaries:

ABOUT:  AIDS/LifeCycle is co-produced by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and is designed to advance their shared interests to end the pandemic and human suffering caused by AIDS.

BENEFICIARIES:  L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and San Francisco Aids Foundation – These agencies continue to provide the critical services and education needed to meet the growing needs of our community. We ride to raise awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors, and the general public. We ride because—in the current economy—our agencies need these funds more than ever. Ultimately, we ride so that someday, we won’t have to.

AIDS/LifeCycle is the only AIDS fundraising bicycle event in California organized by the non-profit agencies that will benefit from the money raised by its participants. Our sole concern is providing critical services to people living with HIV and AIDS. Your support and commitment to this event is pivotal to our success. Your participation and the monies you raise will allow us to provide these critical services.

~#~
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SOURCE: BECOMING BEAUTY: A Beautiful Person & A Beautiful Cause – It’s A Glam Thing: sarah nean bruce’s beauty health lifestyle reporter.

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