A Palm Beach gardens, Florida man donated 100 gallons of blood over 35 years. 84-year-old Harold Mendenhall made this achievement in the past month. According to United Press International on May 31, 2013 started giving blood in 1977 when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“When she died seven years later, Mendenhall says he felt lost and began donating up to 40 pints of blood a year.”
Donating blood helped Mendenhall to cope with the loss of his wife and two of his children over the years. He is Type O positive, which is known as the “universal donor”. What is most notable is that he donates blood platelets, which aid in clotting. This particular feature also allows him to give blood more often than most donors.
Mendenhall donates at OneBlood blood bank every two weeks. The procedure takes up to two hours each time. Donating blood is an amazing way to give back. Anyone who has the time and is capable should consider doing so. During the summer months blood supplies and donations drop significantly, so it is more important right now than ever to donate.
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