Life Saver: Giving Blood For Nearly Three Decades

Jim May of Lafayette, Ind. has been donating blood for the last 26 years.

May is 58 years old and has made giving blood part of his routine. He began giving blood in 1985 and to this day, May has donated at least 251 times. Every two weeks May stops by the Lafayette substation of Indiana Blood Center to donate platelets. The overall process of donating platelets takes about an hour and a half.

“When I walk out of here I keep telling myself I’ve saved at least one life. I’m making a difference and that’s about the easiest way I know that someone can save someone else’s life,” said May in a WLFI news article.

Every two seconds, someone needs blood. Every minute, patients use more than 36 units of blood or blood products. Every day approximately 40,000 units of blood are used throughout the country.

The blood supply needs constant replenishment.

Every day more people are diagnosed with illness such as cancer, leukemia and sickle-cell disease, all which utilize blood for treatment. Because there is no substitute for human blood, when people are in need, they rely solely on volunteer donors.

Jim May has set a great example for everyone. Now it’s your turn to raise your sleeve. Become a life saver today, go to and make an appointment to donate blood. Tomorrow… You’ll have someone’s undying gratitude. 

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