The ninth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will kick off in Los Angeles on August 6, 2018, beginning a week-long initiative that will raise funds for HIV/AIDS research.

The five-day motorcycle charity ride will make eight stops at Kiehl’s stores across Southern California, ending in San Diego on Friday, August 10. At each stop, the public will be encouraged to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the Foundation. Kiehl’s will donate a total of $150,000 over the course of the ride.
At the conclusion of this year’s ride, Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will have covered a total of more than 12,000 miles and raised more than $1.9 million since 2010, funding 10 cure-related research projects.

Chris Salgardo, Kiehl’s Brand Ambassador, and Kevin Robert Frost, CEO, amfAR, will ride from Los Angeles to San Diego with Gilles Marini, actor, Days of our Lives, tattoo artist Luke Wessman, top men’s style influencer Blake Scott, and music photographer Travis Shinn.

Kiehl’s and amfAR invite all to be a part of the ride: Press and public are welcome at the following stops:
Kiehl’s Since 1851, The Original Farmers Market, 6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, 12:30-1:30 PM
Kiehl’s at Nordstrom, The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, 2:00-3:00 PM
Kiehl’s Since 1851, Manhattan Village, 3200 Sepulveda Ave., Manhattan Beach, 12:00-1:00 PM
Kiehl’s Since 1851, Los Cerritos Center, 239 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, 2:00-3:00 PM
Kiehl’s Since 1851, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 12:30-1:30 PM
Kiehl’s at Nordstrom, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, 2:30-3:30 PM
Kiehl’s Since 1851, Fashion Valley, 7007 Friars Rd., San Diego, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Kiehl’s Since 1851, Westfield UTC, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

The proceeds from the 2018 Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR will fund a specific grant to aid the research of Dr. Gabriel Ozorowski, a scientist at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.

Dr. Ozorowski received a grant under the Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research, an annual research initiative created to support bright young scientists seeking innovative solutions to HIV/AIDS. Dr. Ozorowski plans to use an innovative technique called cryo-EM in the search for new antiretroviral drugs in a class called fusion inhibitors. Only one fusion inhibitor – initially characterized by amfAR-funded researcher Dr. Carl Wild – has ever been approved for use. Cryo-EM is a technique that freezes molecules in action and can reveal exquisite detail about their structure. The technique earned its inventors the 2017 Nobel Prize in chemistry.

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