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Transplant Recipient Promotes the Urgent Need for Blood and Organ Donations

Phil Lesh, former bassist for the Grateful Dead and liver transplant recipient, will be appearing at three Bay Area blood banks to promote blood donations as the critical link in organ transplant surgeries. In December of 1998, Phil Lesh received a life-saving liver transplant and used several pints of blood.

Phil Lesh will appear at Blood Centers of the Pacific's (BCP) Marin Donor Site in San Rafael on Saturday, December 9th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, The American Red Cross Blood Center in Oakland on Saturday December 16th from 12:00pm-3:00pm, and at BCPís Irwin Center in San Francisco on Saturday, December 23rd from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Lesh will distribute autographed posters to blood donors. Fans will also be able to complete organ donation cards.

Last January, Bay Area blood supplies were so low that surgeries had to be canceled and organ transplant centers put on alert that there may not be enough blood to support a transplant procedure. This year, blood supplies are again expected to dip as the holiday season approaches. So we urge everyone during the holiday season to give the gift of life.

Saturday, December 9th, 11:00am-2:00pm
BCP Marin Donor Site, 4050 Redwood Hwy, San Rafael

Saturday, December 16th, 12:00pm- 3:00pm
American Red Cross Blood Center, 6230 Claremont, Oakland, CA

Saturday, December 23rd, 1:00pm-4:00pm
BCP Irwin Center, 270 Masonic Ave., San Francisco

BCP Blood Centers of the Pacific: To schedule an appointment to donate blood or for more information, call 1-888-393-GIVE or visit

American Red Cross Blood Center: To schedule an appointment to donate blood or for more information, call 1-800-841-1986 or visit:


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