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SUPPORT LES LINDOP, AFGHAN HOUND BREEDER, FOR AIDS/LIFE CYCLE RIDE
By Ed & Pat Gilbert Jr.

Les Lindop was introduced to the Afghan Hound over 35 years ago by his late partner Lenny Fernandez. Their kennel name was Sellena. Lenny was good friends with Lou Guerrero and Hank Nave of Genesis Kennel fame. He introduced Les to Lou and Hank. Lenny and Les were visiting Genesis and there was a litter of all red puppies. Les sat down quietly on the floor and one particular puppy kept going up to him demanding attention. As Les and Lenny were leaving, Les said can I take him home. Lenny said something to the effect we don't need another dog. They got in their van and minutes later Les got out with his face beaming. He could take that puppy home. That puppy was Sam known to the world as Ch. Genesis Red Cloud. Sam went on to many wonderful wins but his biggest impact after stealing Les' heart was as a stud dog. He is in the record books as a top producer. Rhett who is now featured with Les is a Sam son from frozen semen.

(Personal note from Pat. I first met Les years ago at an Afghan Hound specialty in Chicago. I think it might have been 1987? Les and Sam were such a team and won Best in Specialty under Glorvina Schwartz. I will never forget that performance. They were so gorgeous together.)

Les has for many years said he wanted to do the AIDS/Life Cycle ride but always found an excuse not to. Now that he is retired he has no excuse. Les is riding for all of those that we have loved and lost and for a world free of HIV. He has been in training for over a year. Please support Les in the fight against AIDS. From June 6-12, 2010, Les will be bicycling in AIDS/LifeCycle. It's a 7-day, 545-mile non-competitive bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS.  Your support will make a tremendous difference in the lives of people living with this disease. Make a donation and email Les at Lx3@aol.com  the name of someone you have loved and lost or is fighting this disease.  “Each day I will recite his /her name before and after my ride .... to keep them alive in our hearts .... Thank you, Les”

It’s a 7-day, 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises money and awareness for the HIV and AIDS services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.  This marks the ninth year for AIDS/Life Cycle and the seventeenth for the event overall, and during the week of June 6-12, 2010, thousands of Cyclists and volunteer Roadies will come together to do something incredible.  Something that will change lives.  Something that YOU can be a part of!  You only need to register; we’ll help you train and fundraise.  What are you waiting for? 

It’s an ECONOMY story – as the 190,000 Californians living with HIV and AIDS suffer the financial setbacks of the current recession, they’re increasingly dependent on the vital services funded by AIDS/LifeCycle, while at the same time donor dollars are scarcer.  As the world’s largest annual HIV/AIDS fundraising event, the AIDS/LifeCycle is more important than ever.

It’s a GREEN story – any time 2200 people trade cars for bicycles for a week, the atmosphere is spared 227 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent! (source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)

It’s a HEALTH story – California ranks second in the nation (after New York) in cumulative AIDS cases, 190,000 Californians currently live with HIV/AIDS.  African Americans and gay men continue to be disproportionately affected.  And much more must be done to prevent new infections; up to 7,000 Californians will become infected with HIV this year alone.

But above all it’s a HUMAN story – because people young and old, gay and straight, HIV positive and negative, from across the country and around the world come together to share an exhausting yet exhilarating journey in the fight against AIDS. 

To donate in support of Les go to AIDS/Life Cycle at www.aidslifecycle.org, click on Donate and type in participant Les Lindop and fill in the requested information. You can print out a form to mail a check, or you can use their secure site for your credit card. Make a difference, Les will be riding 545 miles in seven days in order to make a difference. Let us let the world know we dog owners care by supporting Les and AIDS/Life Cycle.
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