Organizers of a nationwide blood drive hope that 10,000 Utahns will donate 10,000 pints of blood while a disabled Oakland, Calif., police officer is in the Beehive State.
Officer Larry Frederick was struck by a hit-and-run driver traveling at 65 mph. He suffered a broken back and broken legs, crushed knees and pelvis and a fractured skull. He survived after nine surgeries and receiving 110 pints of donated blood. To thank the many who donated blood and helped him to survive, he is riding a bicycle a-cross America to raise money for the country's blood banks, whose stocks often run low."Life Across Utah," part of Frederick's "Life Across America" bicycle trip, started Wednesday and concludes Saturday. It is part of Frederick's tour from California to Washington, D.C. The 4,266-mile bike trip is expected to be completed July July 30.
In connection with Frederick's visit, blood donation clinics will be held throughout the state:
- Thursday, Provo City Center foyer, 351 W. Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Thursday, American Fork LDS Stake Center, 240 S. Center, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Friday, LDS Hospital Education Center, second floor, Eighth Avenue and C Street, Salt Lake City, noon to 5 p.m.
- Friday, Price LDS Stake Center, 150 S. 500 East, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Emery County Sheriff Substation, 48 Farrer, Green River, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Frederick's trip is part of a mass bicycle tour of the country to raise money, "America by Bicycle Cross Country Challenge." Approximately 60 cyclists will be riding to help various causes.