LANCASTER – The fifth annual Motorcycle Awareness Blood Drive kicks off this Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Antelope Valley Hospital Blood Donor Center, located at 44105 15th Street West in Lancaster. Blood will be drawn in Suite 305, and there will be a party in the parking lot, according to organizers.
Festivities will include:
- Live music from local band Rukus and family band The Fulcos;
- Motorcycle relays;
- Vendors; and
- Lots of great raffle prizes donated by local businesses.
Raffle tickets will be free for all blood donors, according to event coordinator Robin Merrick.
The annual event was inspired by Merrick’s son, Zac Lutz. The young motorcyclist was critically injured just months before his 2012 wedding when a pickup truck u-turned in front of him in Lancaster. The blood drive is held each May in honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.
The AVH Blood Donor Center will be accepting donations on behalf of the motorcycle awareness blood drive throughout the month. The center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, or donors can make an appointment by calling 661-949-5622.
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