The attached AIDSRide.PDF
is from the AIDSRide.
Thank you all for your
Dear ECS students past and present,
John Guzman, here. Class of '82.
In July, my wife Monica and I will be joining more than 3,000
cyclists on a brave journey of kindness. We will take four
days to bicycle 350 miles from Bear Mountain, New York, to Boston,
Massachusetts, to raise money and awareness in the fight against
I've committed to raise at least $2,100 in
pledges between now and the beginning of the Ride on July 19th.
Would you please make a pledge to help me meet my goal?
I was going to write about statistics in this e-mail; tell you about
the hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone that
have already died from AIDS < or that worldwide every 11 minutes
someone becomes HIV positive. Maybe even remind you that Latinos make up 18 percent of all AIDS cases in the U.S. But I
own statistic I'd like to share with you.
My uncle and best friend growing up was Isaias "Ike" Guzman, my father's little brother. We did everything
together. We worked weekends at my Dad's tile setting business
and he gave me rides to ECS on his motorcycle. He raked the
piles of leaves my brother and I would pounce on with glee when we
were little growing up in New York.
When I graduated Coast Guard basic training in Cape May, New Jersey
, he was there, beaming with pride. ( Isaias
"Ikle" Guzman -.PDF File).
When Ike died of AIDS in 1992, surrounded by family, I was not
present. I was afraid. Afraid of death and afraid of
AIDS. I visited his bedside briefly a few weeks before he
passed, but I couldn't bring myself to visit him during his final
That haunts me to this day. I am ashamed that I allowed my own
fears of death and dying to get in the way of seeing him one last
time. To be thereto comfort him.
So I'm dedicating my ride to Ike. To apologize to him for not
being strong enough then. I will be strong now. I will
have a picture of him on my handlebars to inspire me from campsite
to campsite. Every mile I know he will be with me, encouraging me to ride on.
I want to leave you with two quotes that I have next to my training
schedule, to inspire me to keep riding when it might be too cold, or
too rainy, or when I might feel too tired:
"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by the
skeptics or the cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious
realities. We need people who dream of things that never
"Until he has been part of a cause larger than himself, no man
is truly whole."
Thank you in advance for your generosity. It means a lot to
John Guzman, Class of 1982
Bike Ride Againts
Aids - I'm Possible (.PDF File Version)
Checks should be made out to 2001 NorthEast AIDSRide (my rider
number, 2157, can be written in the checkıs memo section).
You can mail checks to my address: John Guzman, AIDSRider 2157, 806 Madison
Rochester, NY 14445. Or you can pledge online at www.aidsride.org
I'm registered under the NorthEast Ride section.
After graduating from ECS, John Guzman went on to serve in the
U.S. Coast Guard for eight years. He served aboard the
USCGC Northwind, Base San Juan, Puerto Rico and Coast Guard Headquarters in
He graduated with honors from the Defense Information
Photojournalism School in May 1986. Coast Guard career highlights include
receiving the Commandantıs Letter of Commendation in 1985 and the
Coast Guard Achievement Medal in 1990. A public affairs
specialist, Petty Officer Guzman also illustrated the Our Day with
the Coast Guard and More than 200 Years of Coast Guard History
John left the Coast Guard in 1990 to pursue a career in graphic
design and desktop publishing. He worked in Rockville,
Maryland as a design supervisor for Aspen Systems Corporation.
In 1995 he accepted the position of Art Director for Cahners
Publishingıs Government Computer News newspapers and magazines.
To be closer to family after marrying in 1995, John and Monica moved
to Rochester, New York. He currently holds the position of
Card Design Director for Lazer, Incorporated, a digital asset
management company in Rochester, New York. He works on the Fleer
Sports Trading Card account. He lives with his wife and their
cat Chesapeake in East Rochester, New York.