I have a friend named “Stein” out in Missouri who had a great idea one day. One of his friends from a local biker bar was suffering from cancer and it seemed to Stein that the doctors were always “cutting something else out of the guy.” It occurred to him that there must be a lot of blood lost during the course of the numerous surgeries his friend was having to endure and he wondered if there was always enough of a blood supply available for people who need it. Stein pondered that for awhile and decided to organize a biker blood drive and call it, “Bleed For A Brother.” “B4AB” actually started two years ago, and the title seemed to fit perfectly for a blood drive that was inspired from his wish to help a fellow rider. Stein asked the local bar owner, (Shady) Jack, if he would consider holding the event at his bar, Shady Jack’s Saloon. Jack agreed and Stein then started the wheels in motion by contacting the American Red Cross and setting a date.
The first “Bleed for a Brother” Blood Drive was organized by Stein, however, this year, it was made an official ”Shady Jack’s” function, with more people involved and a pancake breakfast included. Although his goal was 30 units of blood, the Red Cross was happy with the 14 usable units that were collected. When Stein told me about this, I thought it was a wonderful and unique way to help fellow riders (or whoever is in need) and that it might attract people who don’t usually think about donating blood. Turns out the first two drives were successful, and the fact that bikers are involved is not surprising since, as we all know, the biker community are always among the first to step up and help for any kind of charity.
Stein intends to make this an annual event and will hold it again in July 2012 (blood supplies are low during the Summer). Stein would love to see the “Bleed for a Brother” Blood Drive become a nationwide event. As he said to me, “Wouldn’t that be cool, to set aside one day every year where all the biker communities in the country roll up their sleeves to “bleed for a brother?” I am hoping to spark some interest here by sharing his idea. Stein should be commended for his ingenious idea and the members of his biker community in Missouri should be very proud of the compassion they have shown for their brothers and sisters in need!
*If anyone would like to contact Stein to discuss this idea, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will see that he gets your message.
Ride Safe ~