Meet Juan Galvan.
Juan Galvan is a Mover & Shaker in the Coachella Valley.

About a year ago a good friend of mine whose name is Juan Galvan, but more commonly known as Johnny 5000 or 5000 Photography, sold his car for a bike. We all thought he was a little nuts (and a lot awesome) at the time but respected his passion and vision nonetheless. Since that bold move, Johnny has done more than just strive to make his life better and healthier, he has been encouraging everyone around him to do the same. He is a leader in the younger bike community of the Coachella Valley and is famous for his organized bike rides in and around the desert on Sunday afternoons. What once started as a small group of friends, has now turned into a pretty large group of acquaintances who all love to ride as well. Every time Johnny puts together a ride it grows. His passion for cycling is contagious.
This year, Johnny is taking his journey without a car to a new level. He is not only going to travel an incredibly long distance with his bike, he is going to do it with a cause. In June Johnny will be riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a mission to contribute to the end of AIDS.
Here is Johnny’s story.

My name is Juan Galvan, a Coachella Valley resident, photographer, avid cyclist and a straight ally with the gay community. From June 6th through the 12th, 2010 I’m riding to end AIDS.

I recently joined the AIDS/LifeCycle, a week long bicycle ride across California and fundraiser. A 7-day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to make a world of difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS. The proceeds are used to help with HIV/AIDS research and raise funds for The Los Angeles Gay Center. My goal is to raise 3,000.00 dollars and cycle the week long journey.

It may seem as if AIDS is a thing of the past with all the advancements in medicines and AIDS awareness but in California alone there are 151,000 people living with HIV. Nationally, 70 percent of all new infections occur in communities of color and people under the age of 25 are increasingly affected. As a 25 year old Hispanic, I fall into both of these demographics. This ride is important to me because it has given me the knowledge and the means to help those living with this awful disease.

As a resident of the Coachella Valley and a straight ally for the local gay community, I feel it is vital to help those friends who are at a much larger risk of being infected with HIV. 73% of all HIV/AIDS cases occur among gay men, far exceeding 53%, nationally. Although, I am not gay, I feel that if one of us has AIDS then we all do.

As an avid cyclist, I have been working attentively on raising bicycle awareness and organizing bicycle rides throughout the Coachella Valley. As an amateur photographer, I have documented my progress with my ‘ONELESSCAR’ project located on Attending the AIDS/LifeCycle would be an incredible asset to my photography project and keep people informed on how imperative the AIDS/Lifecycle is.

I will dedicate all of my time and energy for the next three months to my fundraising and training for the LifeCycle. I will do everything I can to reach my goals and join the thousands of others participating in this life changing ride. This journey is very significant to me because I know I can make a difference and help brings AIDS to an end. I would be incredibly thankful for any donations that could be made in my name, any sort of contribution will make a difference and help me reach my goal.

Juan Galvan

ALC participant # 6087

photos from some bike rides that Johnny has organized in the Coachella Valley:
*photo by Adam Moore
*photo by Adam Moore
*photo by 5000 Photography
*above photo by 5000 Photography
*below photo by Adam Moore
To donate, please visit Juan Galvan’s AIDS/Lifecycle Homepage:

To contact Juan directly: