Five Points of Life Ride seeks bicyclists

A California artist, a California court reporter, a Florida insurance agent, a South African electrician and an Oklahoma bank examiner are five of the 44 cyclists who have been selected by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers to carry the Five Points of Life message to communities across the U.S. since 1997.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is now planning the fifth bi-annual Five Points of Life Ride, which will kick off in August 2004 from Washington’s Puget Sound and end two months later on Florida’s Space Coast. The mission of the Five Points of Life Ride is to increase national awareness for the five ways people can share life with others through donation: whole blood, apheresis, bone marrow, umbilical cord blood and organs/tissues.

In February 2004, LifeSouth will select a team of 10 individuals, each with a personal story about how donation has impacted his or her life as a donor, a recipient or a close family member. Team members must be cyclists who are able to ride a bicycle across the country over a two-month period.

Team members will cycle through communities large and small, participating in locally planned events coordinated by blood centers, bone marrow programs, organ donor organizations and other community groups.

Applications are available by calling LifeSouth, toll free at 1-877-5POINTS or by visiting Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2004. To learn more about the Five Points of Life Ride, visit and select the pressroom to reach the Five Points of Life Diary and general information.

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