The family of a Manhattan Beach police officer undergoing cancer treatment is asking for donations of O-negative blood after most of the blood collected for him during a drive last week was distributed to other patients. Although about 100 people donated pints of blood specifically for Officer Mark Vasquez, UCLA Medical Center doctors and nurses are distributing what’s left at the Westwood hospital until they can replenish the supply after Christmas, said Vasquez’s father, Manny Vasquez. In a statement, hospital officials did not address why the blood donated for Vasquez was given to other patients, but said plenty of blood remains available for his treatment. “A sufficient number of O-negative blood units were set aside and are in UCLA’s inventory that are reserved for Officer Vasquez,” hospital spokeswoman Roxanne Yamaguchi Moster said. “After Officer Vasquez had his Dec. 21 bone marrow transplant, the goal was to get his hemoglobin above 9 and it was already at 8.9,” the spokeswoman said. “After transfusing one unit of O-negative blood, his hemoglobin was reassessed and it was determined to be in a healthy range. So there was not a need for a second unit of blood at the time.” Despite the hospital’s view, Vasquez’s wife, Lee Vasquez, and his father said they and Vasquez himself were told a shortage existed. Instead of having 40 units of blood available for any unforeseen necessity, her husband was left with six that remained from the donations. Five units donated from other sources were shifted to him, the officer’s wife said. “Because we asked all those people to do this for him, I was angry that it went to somebody else,” his wife said. “If somebody else needs it, that’s great and that’s the bright side of it. We just didn’t need to be told there was a shortage.” Three weeks ago, nearly 50 Manhattan Beach police officers, firefighters and city employees shaved their heads in a mass show of support for Vasquez, who was set to undergo intense chemotherapy before the transplant. Vasquez, an officer for two years, was diagnosed in January with multiple myeloma when he sought treatment for back pain. Tests revealed a broken vertebra and a tumor on his spine. Transfusions are needed to replace his blood the chemotherapy is killing, his wife said. Vasquez’s blood type is O-negative, the same as about 6 percent of the American population. Although any patient can receive an O-negative donation, people with the O-negative type can only receive blood from like donors. Preparing for any needs, the Vasquez family put out the word to friends to make donations. Vasquez’s father contacted South Bay police stations, asking for officers with the same blood type to donate in his name. A blood drive was held Dec. 17 at the Joslyn Center in Manhattan Beach. Now, told his son has a diminished supply, the father again is asking for help. He is finding many people are on vacation. “We need O-negative blood immediately,” he said. Vasquez, the father of two young girls, may spend a few more weeks in the hospital. His wife said he is doing well, despite the concern over the availability of blood. “We are very grateful for UCLA and all of our doctors and nurses,” she said. “He’s doing fine and he’s going to get the blood that he needs.” Moster said hospital officials appreciated the blood drive and donations for Vasquez. “We appreciate the blood donations on behalf of Officer Vasquez and the extra blood donations collected that have been able to help others in dire need of this live-saving gift,” she said. Anyone wishing to donate blood or platelets in Mark Vasquez’s name can contact Jaime at the UCLA Blood and Platelet Center, 310-206-6187. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“These units are all the result of directed donations from his family and friends.” Vasquez, whose doctor requested two units of blood following a stem cell transplant on Friday, received one unit because of the shortage, the officer’s father said. “They told him they would only give him one, trying to preserve it through the holidays,” the elder Vasquez said. “How can you give his blood away? You are messing with his life.” Moster said doctors determined the second unit was not needed.