Cyclists Pedal from Coast to First Coast Promoting Awareness for Blood, Organ Donations

By Walton, E. Richard | The Florida Times Union, June 27, 1997 | Go to article overview

Cyclists Pedal from Coast to First Coast Promoting Awareness for Blood, Organ Donations


Walton, E. Richard, The Florida Times Union


Eleven people who bicycled across the United States to promote

increased awareness for blood and organ donations arrived

yesterday on the First Coast.

It was a tired group, but a happy one.

"We met a lot of people who were touched by this," said Rodney

Ford, 36, a cyclist from Oklahoma City.

Ford said some supporters thought the six-week ride, which

covered up to 100 miles a day, would be too strenuous.

"I had a grandmother who said, `Boy, your legs are going to

fall off during this trip.' "

The journey, which began May 17 in Carlsbad, Calif., was called

the Five Points of Life Ride. The five points refer to the need

for bone marrow, whole blood, cord blood, platelets and donated

organs.

The cyclists were sponsored by blood centers, hospitals,

transplant programs and other organizations across the country.

They were cheered yesterday by 300 well-wishers at the Sea

Turtle Inn in Atlantic Beach.

"From one blood selection, you can save four people's lives,"

said Sharon Gogerty, director of donor resources for the Florida

Georgia Blood Alliance.

The riders could vouch for that. Each had a personal connection

to the "five points" of life. …

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