BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Mike Bitton was cycling down River Road when he was involved in a hit-and-run accident that left him fighting to survive. The driver who caused the accident was caught and arrested, and Bitton lived to spread his message.
Now serving as the spokesman for bicycle safety, Bitton is hosting a community blood drive to honor the first responders who saved his life. The blood drive will be held this Saturday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Chelsea’s Café, 2857 Perkins Road.
“In appreciation to the first responders who were there for me, and all first responders in Baton Rouge and around the world, I now race in their honor,” Bitton said in a press release. “A very successful blood drive was held for me when I was in the hospital, and this is my turn to give back.”
Baton Rouge General Medical Center’s emergency and critical care teams and LifeShare Blood Centers, who were instrumental in Bitton’s recovery, are hosting the blood drive with him.
“A car accident victim can need up to 50 units of blood,” according to Dr. John Jones, Medical Director of Baton Rouge General’s Emergency Department, “so it’s imperative that any who can, should give blood to ensure quantities are available when patients need it most.”