I search for words that when stitched together, as in an eye-catching tapestry, express something with texture and richness, and I hope, beauty. Fingers are crossed for a glimpse of a sparkling thread, or an unexpected color that draws a reader in. Sometimes I fail miserably. But on a good day, as with the surprise of a wonderful candid photo, I capture a spirit, and a heartbeat. Then I watch a story come alive.
He was an adult, youngest child of an elderly, youngest daughter. Adored by his family especially his widowed mom and his aunties. Described to me as talented, witty, tender, funny, and most of all, life-loving. His zeal for life so great, his positive attitude so infectious that he touched folks here in San Francisco. He traveled broadly always leaving friends in his wake. Eric's reach stretched from his native French Alps to the Bay Area.
Though I never met him, I heard his family sob and felt their sorrow when he died in March of 2010. They stayed with him at a Paris hospital, his mom in his room until the end. They thought they were prepared to lose him and discovered they were far from it.
The wound inflicted when Eric departed was significant enough that next week loved ones here and in France are joining forces in his memory. Four of them will participate in theAIDS LifeCycle.
Two members of Eric's family are arriving on May 30th. They will meet Bay Area friends for a bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness in the fight against HIV and AIDS. 7-days, 545 miles.Boom.
I never met Eric. I can only assume because I know those he moved deeply that he was a special man. A man who has generated passion for this cause, this ride, and a commitment to raise thousands of sponsorship dollars.
If you’ve had the good fortune to know someone who inspired you to dig deep to be a better, larger, more committed individual, you know how seriously they take their pledge.
I ask you to consider sponsoring someone from Eric's devoted circle.
Joce and Delphine, a mother-daughter duo, represent Eric's family and homeland and come from Provence. They will travel 6,000 miles to be here and chose this time and this ride because Eric's birthday occurs during the journey.
John and Bob are San Francisco residents who renew their commitment to this cause annually and know well the labor that lies ahead. They've been training for months and as of late regularly bike hundreds of miles each weekend, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to cover the coastline and redwoods of Marin and Sonoma counties.
The links below will take you to their donation pages. There you will see the aggressive goals they've set for themselves in order to give life to others in Eric's memory.