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Arvan Williams, a 1981 graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, completed his first AIDS/Life Cycle Ride.
The fundraiser was held June 3-9 to bring awareness and assist those infected or affected by the disease.
Along with 2,200 other cyclists representing 44 states and 16 countries, Williams cycled 545 miles, beginning in San Francisco and ending in Los Angeles, Calif.
The event was supported by more than 500 volunteers known as roadies. They served as medical support, course mappers, cooks, massage therapists, security and baggage handlers. Without the volunteers, the event would not have been a success.
Williams said the experience has changed his life.
“To see people from all walks of life coming together for one cause and working as a unit to assure that everyone gets to Los Angeles was phenomenal,” Williams said. “I saw people that under normal circumstances would have never talked to each other come together and build a bond that would last a lifetime.”
Williams said he saw strangers come together like they were family.
“That was very powerful,” Williams said. “I extend my sincere thanks to my family, friends and classmates for your financial donations. Also, I would like to thank everyone for their encouragement and prayers for my safety and success.”