As many of you already know, I served
as a Marine in Vietnam, an Oakland police officer until severely injured,
continue to be a recovering avid cyclist, a tireless blood advocate, and I
credit my recovery from my accident to God and Jesus Christ. Yes, I’ve experienced lots of “life-changing
moments” during my life, yet, I now have a goal where I really need your help. I can’t do this alone!
From June 5th through July
27th, I will be making my fourth cross-country bike ride to help a
cause near and dear to my heart: volunteer blood donations.
You see, I myself am the recipient of an enormous amount of blood— 110 units,
or roughly nine times my normal blood volume.
Years ago, while on duty as a police officer,
a DUI driver going 65 miles per hour struck me as I was telling a driver not to
step out onto the freeway. By ambulance,
I arrived at ER with a severed femoral artery, major blood loss and fifteen
separate injuries. I had “bled out” and stopped breathing and was not expected
to live. But I did. And one of the
reasons I am alive today is because 110 people I’d never met had taken the time
to donate one pint of blood each.
With nearly 5 million people a year
needing life-saving blood transfusions in this country, the need for blood is
constant. This is truly a cause that
impacts all of us, directly or indirectly.
However, only 37% of the U.S.
population is eligible to donate blood.
But there is another way to help, and that’s by donating money.
My goal with this year’s Life Across America 2010 ride is to raise $110,000
($1,000 for every pint of blood that saved my life) for the Foundation for
America’s Blood Centers. FABC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that
supports the efforts of community blood centers by funding educational
programs, operational research, and other initiatives designed to maintain a
safe and available blood supply for all Americans.
I would be honored if you would join me
in supporting their efforts with whatever level of donation fits your
budget. You can donate online at:
(This address is specific to my individual campaign for FABC).
Or you can mail your check (made out to FABC with “Life Across America 2010” in the notation line) to:
The Foundation for America’s Blood Centers
725 15th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington DC 20005
To see a six-minute video of my story,
visit our website: www.lifeacrossamerica.com
Please join me in bringing Life Across
America 2010 to millions of patients by forwarding
this message to any of your friends who are neighbors, active duty
military, veterans, cyclists, cops, or simply people who care about saving
lives. Many thanks in advance.
Please feel free to contact me through my website during my ride.
Although I may not be able to respond to your message immediately,
I welcome your positive energy!