By Steve Breazeale
Mark Scott has many fond memories of the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling. Scott, an Aliso Niguel resident, had been a fixture in the Southern California cycling community for over 20 years and is a two-time DPGP champion. Scott won the event in the 35+ Masters division twice and has won over 500 races around the globe.
Just over one year ago, Scott’s life took a complete 180-degree turn for the worse.
Scott, 50, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and has spent over three of the past 11 months in the hospital, receiving chemotherapy treatments in an attempt to fight the disease. When he was first diagnosed, Scott said his doctors gave him two to three days to live. Scott, along with others affected by AML, is in need of a bone marrow transplant.
While fighting the disease, Scott has partnered with fellow cyclist Dotsie Bauch to create the Down to the Marrow campaign, which raises awareness and helps people register to become bone marrow donors.
Down to the Marrow will be hosting a bone marrow drive at the Dana Point Grand Prix Sports & Family Festival April 30 to May 1. Individuals in good health between the ages of 18 to 55 that meet eligibility requirements can register as potential donors. The donor test consists of filling out paperwork and swabbing the inside of the mouth.
The drive is hosted by Delete Blood Cancer and will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 30 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 1.
Scott said the cycling community, along with his close family and friends, has helped him in his fight against the disease and his desire to spread donor awareness.
“The support has been overwhelming. People from all around the world have come out to support not only myself, but the cancer cause as well,” Scott said. “Without the cycling community’s support, I would not be here today.”
To learn more about becoming a bone marrow donor, visit www.deletebloodcancer.org.