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Matt Barrio - Castro

On the day of an event you will most likely find me on the sidelines. I’ll be standing there with a huge grin and waving a poster, cheering for my athlete. I naturally assume the cheerleader role when it comes to events. I find so much fulfillment in giving people the extra little lift by yelling at the top of my lungs “you’ve got this,” or ¬†“I’m so proud of you!” It’s not that I can’t or don’t want to be out there participating as well, it’s that I would rather cheer them on. I love¬†watching someone push themselves beyond their limits and being there for them when they most need it.

When I decided to do the AIDS LifeCycle I faced some intimidating factors I wasn’t quite prepared for. I didn’t have a team, I didn’t have corporate sponsors to help with fundraising, I didn’t have a cheerleader. It was just me.

Looking back on my training I had these beautiful epiphanies along the way. I’ve met some incredible people during this journey. Men and women who have challenged me and pushed me beyond what I thought were my limits. Athletes who came by my side to help me when I was struggling. Family, friends, and coworkers who called and encouraged me when I had doubts. Who helped me raise over $5,000 for the AIDS Foundation. Who extended words of support, high fives, hugs, kisses, and so much more. I look back on this process and realize I was never alone. It wasn’t just me.

I honestly don’t know how to say thank you. How do I hug all your necks and kiss your cheeks? You’ve given the AIDS Foundation the ability to continue providing critical services to the community. What you’ve given me is beyond monetary support. You’ve given me the courage and strength to push on. To continue to raise support and awareness to help end HIV/AIDS. You’ve blessed me more than I can repay. Thank you for being on my sideline cheering me on in this crazy adventure.

With love,

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