I am posting a message from Texas Transplant Society member Bryan Rollins, because he covers all thr bases concerning the Circle of Life ride. Please support this cause if you can. Go Bryan!!
This Friday (10/2), I will join the Lone Star Circle of Life Team for a ride across Texas, covering 650 miles and meeting hundreds of Texans. The ride starts from Houston Saturday morning, and ends in San Antonio on October 10th. I’m incredibly excited about seeing my teammates, and getting to spend some time on my bike, but mostly I’m excited to meet all the amazing people in each city. Last year, meeting organ donors, organ recipients, marrow donors, marrow recipients, organ donor families, and lifetime blood donors whose efforts are measured in tens of gallons, was awe inspiring. Every day reminded me of how lucky I am to be healthy, and of the amazing gift of life that I was given in 2004 by my cousin Diane.
If you’d like to attend, the local events are:
10/3. Houston, 8:30 AM
10/3, Bryan/College Station, 5 PM
10/4, Crockett, 5:30 PM
10/5, Tyler, 3 PM
10/6, Dallas, 3:30 PM
10/7, Waco, 3:30 PM
10/8, Salado, 3:30 PM
10/9, Austin, 3 PM
10/10, San Antonio, 2 PM
More details on each event, location, etc can be found at: http://www.sw.org/web/patientsAndVisitors/iwcontent/public/biketour/en_us/html/biketour_localevents.html
I’ll write every night of the ride, and take pictures, and will post it all on: http://bryanjrollins.livejournal.com
A couple of you asked for the URL to donate and join “Bryan’s team.” It’s http://www.tinyurl.com/lonestarbjr
And most importantly, please consider joining the registries for organ donation and marrow donation, and tell your friends and family about your decision. We’ve had a great year in Texas - with new legislation to help make organ donor registration easier, new medical discoveries, paired donation, chained donation, and many wonderful stories. But we’ve also lost people near and dear to us because of the lack of marrow donors and organ donors.