Donor of the Month

Congratulations to Indiana Blood Center’s Donor of the Month…

“Gary is someone we have always been able to count on,” said Chelsea Roberts, donor center specialist at our Muncie location. “He’s one of the unseen donors, since he’s always in and out so early. He keeps his own schedule and truly realizes the positive impact of donating blood.”

Gary, 48, is a dedicated platelet donor and I Pledge member who began donating in 1997. Though he leads a rather busy life, he always sets aside time to make a life-saving difference by donating every two weeks.

“He has talked about how hectic his job can be,” said Chelsea, “but he always makes time for us. There’s never an excuse just solutions.”

Initially, Gary began donating when a loved one was hospitalized due to non-hodgkin’s lymphoma. It was during her treatment that Gary made the decision to take a proactive stance in the fight against cancer.

The transfusion of blood is essential in treating patients recovering from accident, illness or injury. For cancer patients, blood transfusions are a vital part of their treatment regimen.

When Gary found out his blood type was needed for a hospital patient, he was profoundly moved by the news. Since that moment he has had an even deeper understanding of the impact he makes with each donation.

“When you know someone personally who is benefitting from blood,” said Gary, “it puts a new meaning on it.”

Blood donation is quick and easy, it is also a cause in which Gary truly believes. He hopes to encourage eligible donors to give the gift of life.

“All you need is a little bit of time,” said Gary. “It’s not painful, and you’re helping someone else who’s in a bad situation.”

How can you follow Gary’s outstanding example? Visit DonorPoint.org and schedule an appointment to Raise Your Sleeve today.

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