Why are you participating in the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS this weekend?

Carl Bullard — "I’m also positive so I thought I’d give back to the community."

Patrick Burton — "While I haven’t lost any direct friends to HIV/AIDS, it’s still prevalent in our community and I know people with the disease. Until there’s a cure, it just makes sense to continue to research and to fund services."

David Velarde — "I’m riding for my dear friend Rex Ackerman and a few friends who are HIV positive."

Jefferson King — "To become part of something bigger than myself."

Kerry Phillips — "I’ve been lucky enough to beat a couple of major medical issues and now I can help bring awareness to AIDS."

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 24, 2009.

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