We honor the memory of 13-time rider and roadie, Edna Flores-Lagunte, 2014 ALC cyclist #1371. We’re starting a new AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) season with 2016 and we are excited. Being part of Team Edna depends on how much you want from the team experience.
Many of those who roadied and rode ALC 2014 and 2015 were not aware of the why and who - Edna Flores-Lagunte, a 13-time roadie and rider, a Training Ride Leader (TRL), and an energetic woman with an engaging smile. The following gives you a snippet of why I created Team Edna with Deanna Dee Dee Tanner.
All who knew Edna were sad when the wonderful 7-day 545-mile adventure in 2014 ended, but we were more saddened and ladened with heavy hearts when on June 4, 2014 (Day 4), our fellow-cyclist Edna from San Francisco suffered a cardiac event while cycling. Her loving husband Richard Lagunte was riding with her when it happened. Edna passed away the following Sunday morning. She died doing what she loved most -- cycling in AIDS/LifeCycle, the highlight of the year for her. As Richard shared, “to no surprise, her last act was to give the gift of life to others as an organ donor.” 2014 was Edna's 13th year as a participant in AIDS/LifeCycle, an event she loved deeply. She was a proud Training Ride Leader and helped prepare thousands of people in Northern California for the event. She has made an INCREDIBLE difference in the AIDS/LifeCycle community, and she will be greatly missed.
AIDS/LifeCycle 2015 was very emotional and healing. One of the reasons for creating Team Edna, as our team page shares, "We are open to all who hold Edna close to their hearts and are willing to spread laughter and love to others as she did. We continue the battle she dedicated her life to, the fight against HIV/AIDS. We support and encourage each other as well as all members of the ALC family.”