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ACT 6 riders and crew raise close to $300,000 for Wisconsin AIDS Network

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ACT riders return to Madison on Sunday with the ceremonial 'zero rider,' symbolizing those who have died from AIDS. ACT riders return to Madison on Sunday with the ceremonial 'zero rider,' symbolizing those who have died from AIDS.

A four-day, 300 mile journey came to an emotional ending Sunday afternoon as 139 riders made their final lap of the ACT 6 Wisconsin AIDS Ride.

Crowds of friends and families cheered as riders and crew ended their journey with a touching closing ceremoney.

There were hugs and kisses followed by a moment of silence for Bike zero - the riderless bike representing those who have died of AIDS.

Even those who have never been personally affected by this disease say this ride changed them.

Zander Steithen is a 17-year-old high school student from Madison.

"It's such a great cause and makes so much money and stays in Wisconsin and makes such a difference," explains the youngest rider this year.

Amy May almost limped into Madison today after hurting her knee during this year's ride.  She still smiled during Closing Ceremonies, thankful she was able to help raise money for a worthy cause. "I've never been a part of something so big that everyone wants to be a part of," she says.

This year, riders and crew members raised almost $300,000 for the Wisconsin AIDS Network.

They've raised a total of close to $2-million dollars since the ACT Ride started.

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