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Update on August 19, 2012

Hello Everyone,

I'm writing today to introduce a very special person and active member of "Soldiers are Heroes." Her name is Katerina Tassiopoulous. I have known Katerina for over twenty years now, and she is the one who proposed that I join her in the Boston to New York City bike ride to aid those suffering from HIV/AIDS while simultaneously showing leadership through volunteerism for "Soldiers are Heroes." Katerina is an invaluable asset to our community and an outstanding example of someone who goes out of her way to bring people together.

Below, I am posting her personal message to those who have taken the pledge to take action and donate to the cause we are sponsoring. Together, we have thus far raised a total of $902 of a $7,000 goal, and we thank each and every one of you for the time you have taken to help us in this charity.

For any further questions, Katerina may be found on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/katerina.tassiopoulos

For donations, Katerina's page may be accessed by clicking here:
http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/katerinatassiopoulos/brakingthecycle

Here is Katerina's message:

"I am riding because AIDS is still a present threat to our world. I am
riding because the underprivileged can't get the help they need. Most
importantly, I am riding because I believe that being HIV+ doesn't
mean you can't live a happy and fulfilling life. I know this because
I've seen my best friend do it.

I've know my best friend for 17 years and he's been positive for about
10 years. It goes without saying that I love him with all my heart.
I knew the moment that we met that we were kindred spirits. We walked
home from school together, came out together and almost ran away to LA
together! To make a long story short, we've been through some damn
good times and some very tough times.

Since being diagnosed with HIV, it hasn't gotten easier for my friend.
He's battled economic hardship, a car accident, heart ache and of
course, AIDS. But, he doesn't throw in the towel and give up. He
keeps at it. He's a smart funny guy who happens to be a great
co-worker, brother, son, AIDS awareness speaker and friend.

If my best friend can push everyday, then what's three days?"

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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