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2024 Unsung Heroes: Celebrating Karen Frank & Jerry Hughes

Feb 1, 2024 | News & Updates

The annual SMART Ride, especially in its last year as a Florida fundraiser for HIV/AIDS nonprofits, counted on its Key West Mile Markers volunteers to keep the horizon straight ahead. Could there be a better compass than Karen Frank and partner Jerry Hughes?

Karen joined as a rider in 2006 and Jerry as part of the essential road crew the next year—tireless and enthusiastic key road warriors ever since! On and off the road, they define esprit de corps. Add to that their willingness to assist AH—where Karen was once employed and for whom Jerry volunteers to honor his brother Christopher, who was lost early to AIDS in 1992—and they are an energetic team in life and love who make the phrase ‘power couple’ very real.