Mark Vasquez Memorial Blood Drive Returns
May 20, 2019 08:49AM
● By Jeanne Fratello
On May 22, the Manhattan Beach Police Officers’ Association will once again be partnering with the American Red Cross for the 8th Annual Mark Vasquez Memorial Blood Drive.
Wednesday's event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center. Those interested in signing up to donate blood should visit www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code MarkVasquez.
Mark Vasquez joined the Manhattan Beach Police Department in 2005 and worked in patrol until he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer, in 2007. Officer Vasquez was heroic in his positive outlook not only at work, but at home with his wife, Lee, and their two daughters, Madison and Ashley.
Officer Vasquez’ battle against his cancer was valiant and at times, when he was able to return to work, he said he felt like Superman. His fellow officers nicknamed him “Superman” and held many fundraisers and events in support of their hero. However, the department lost its "Superman" on May 15, 2011, which is also National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.
Since that time, Officer Vasquez' family, friends, and colleagues have gathered each May to honor and remember his larger-than-life personality, as well as his love of life. This year's event will be held on what would have been his 43rd birthday.
"Year after year I am grateful for the unwavering support this community continues to have for our family. Our efforts to keep Mark’s memory alive could not be possible without all of you," said Lee Vasquez. "This blood drive is not only a celebration of his life, but a chance to give back. I know he would be proud of us. Come out and join us - Your donation could save a life.”