A bike tour traveled to Brenham on Wednesday, promoting and educating about the need for organ donations.

Twelve volunteer cyclists from the Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour gathered at Fireman’s Park to share the story of why they ride and encourage others to help save a life by making a donation. The tour travels across the state, honoring organ donors and their families as well as organ recipients.

Sarah Pipkin-Love is a heart transplant recipient from Corpus Christi who is rising to show how much of a difference a donation can make in a recipient’s life. She rode Wednesday in honor of Molly Hammac, daughter of Brenham resident Tracy Hammac. Molly died in a car accident in 2018 and changed the lives of 31 recipients as a tissue donor.

Pipkin-Love said Molly’s passion for giving back has positively impacted countless lives.

Retired Brenham firefighter Rob Aguilar was honored by Trooper Guy Hoffman II, who is a member of the Department of Public Safety. Aguilar is a blood donor and coordinated dozens of blood drives during his time with the Brenham Fire Department.

Aguilar said the need for donations is constant, but the means to contribute are not lacking.

The tour will travel to Austin today (Thursday) and wrap up tomorrow (Friday) in Temple.

Anyone wishing to become a donor can register with the Donate Life Texas registry.

Sarah Pipkin-Love shares why she is taking part in the Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour, after arriving in Brenham on Wednesday.
Guy Hoffman II (right) and Rob Aguilar speak about the need for organ donors during the Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour stop in Brenham on Wednesday.

A shirt filled with signatures that will be given to an organ recipient as a sign of support.
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