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Fighting Childhood Leukemia One Race at a Time

NorCal Love Series comes to Santa Clara, benefit event for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital


SANTA CLARA, Calif.
-- This Sunday (11), Santa Clara P.A.L. BMX will play host to the finals of the first annual NorCal Love Series. The event is put on by Luke’s Lemons, in partnership with the Santa Clara Police Activities League, and is scheduled to run from 11am to 2pm.
 
Members of the northern California BMX community have come together to organize this exciting pro-am racing series and fundraiser in honor of Luke O’Moore of Los Gatos, an 8-year-old BMX enthusiast who is battling childhood leukemia. The effort is designed to raise awareness and support for pediatric cancer research at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, where Luke is receiving treatment.
 
“This event is a wonderful example of a community coming together around a great cause and showing love for one of their own,” says Luke’s father, Fergal O’Moore. “Luke and his brother are thrilled to combine their love for BMX racing with an opportunity to raise money to help other children overcome cancer.”
 
The five-race series has included:

Race #1 – Saturday, March 3 – Napa (North Bay BMX)
Race #2 – Saturday, March 3 – Roseville (Oak Creek BMX)
Race #3 – Sunday, March 4 – Manteca (Spreckles Park BMX)
Race #4 – Saturday, March 10 – Prunedale (Manzanita Park BMX)
FINALS – Sunday, March 11 – Santa Clara (Santa Clara P.A.L. BMX)

Sunday’s event is free and open to the public. Luke and his brother, Cian, will open the festivities with a ceremonial flag lap. Also included will be live performances by Bay Area bands Oddly Even and Orangutang, and an exhibition race featuring some of California’s top professional racers. BMX racing, now an Olympic sport, is fast and exciting with jumps, thrills, and occasional spills.
 
Individuals may choose to support Luke’s Lemons’ efforts by making outright donations or by purchasing raffle tickets or commemorative t-shirts and merchandise. All proceeds from the event will benefit cancer research at Packard Children’s. Donations may also be made online at www.lukeslemons.org.
 
Generous sponsors of the NorCal Love Series include West Side BMX, Monkeybars, LDC BMX, VSI/Intense BMX, Go Big Graphix, Troy Lee Designs, Fly Racing, Jump Sport, Hyper Bicycles, Felt Bikes, Tangent Products, Anderson’s 209 BMX, Bandit Racing of Dublin, Calabazas Cyclery, 7 Star Bar & Grill, Nick Gianinni, Allied Exhaust, Jump2Jump, Powerhouse Sales and Marketing, and RJ Bean Roofing.

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About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its center, is the Bay Area’s largest health care system exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. As a top-ranked children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report, we are a leader in providing world-class, nurturing care and achieving extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty. Stanford Children’s Health provides everything from specialty care to general pediatrics and can be accessed through more than 60 locations across Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As the pediatric and obstetric teaching hospital for the world-renowned Stanford University School of Medicine, we’re cultivating the next generation of medical professionals and are at the forefront of scientific research to improve children’s health outcomes around the world. We are a nonprofit organization committed to supporting the community through meaningful outreach programs and services and providing necessary medical care to families, regardless of their ability to pay. Discover more at stanfordchildrens.org.

 

About Luke’s Lemons
Luke’s Lemons of Los Gatos raises awareness and support for pediatric cancer research at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. When Luke and his brother, Cian, decided to sell lemonade to help find a cure for leukemia, they thought big. Rather than reach passers-by on the street, they came up with the idea of creating unique digital art prints, with a theme of Lemons for Leukemia. Each month, original artwork by Luke, Cian, and guest artists is posted online for sale. All proceeds are directed to support leukemia research conducted at Packard Children’s under the direction of pediatric oncologist Gary Dahl, MD. For more information, please visit www.lukeslemons.org.