2014 Bike Tour Riders and Crew
The Lone Star Circle of Life Team has for the very special task of delivering a message of life throughout Texas. The riders take a week away from their families and jobs to reach out to communities through the state to encourage Texans to become more aware about donation. Each team rider has a special reason to promote donation of either blood, organs, tissue, cord blood or marrow. Each day of the tour, team members rode in honor of a local Texan for their unique contribution either as a donor, a recipient or for their support for the field of donation.
Click here to open the Rider Application for the 2014 Lone Star Circle of Life Bike team.
Gary Van Kuiken - The Woodlands
Reason for riding: Gary is very aware of the impact of donation through his wife, who has been involved with organ donation for many years through LifeGift in Houston. This is his sixth tour and he rides to help create greater awareness of the importance of signing up to make life giving gifts of organs, tissue, marrow and blood. “In the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to meet many fantastic donors, donor families and recipients of organ, tissue, blood and marrow. Their stories are all very motivational. The need for more donors remains extremely important and the way to increase the number of donors is through increased awareness."
Keith Steward - Gatesville
Keith has been involved in the Lone Star Circle of Life since 2000, first as a team member, later a team captain for two years and more recently heading up the support team.
In January of 2007, Keith received a kidney transplant from his friend and Lone Star Circle of Life teammate, Shari Miller. "I want to be a part of the tour to help those that are awaiting a transplant to know that there are many who are working to enlist donors so that they can have a better quality of life.
Debbie Fendrick - Temple
This is the seventh year Debbie has been on support team for the Lone Star Circle of Life, but she has been volunteering for various areas of the tour for many more years. She volunteers for the Scott & White Pediatric Hematology/Oncology team by assisting at Camp Dreamcatcher, a camp for children with cancer.
Holly McCoy - Austin
Holly has been a volunteer with several of the Texas Donor Centers of the National Marrow Donor Program, holding her first registration drive when she was in Temple High School and continuing throughout her college years at Texas Tech University. This will be Holly's seventh Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour.
She currently works for Senator Dan Patrick in the office of the Texas Senate Committee on Education.
Debbie Mabry - Temple
Debbie has been the manager of the Scott & White Marrow Donor Program since its inception in 1994. She serves as the coordinator of the Lone Star Circle of Life bike tour.