Meet Kathryn: An Everyday Hero in Action

Sep 19, 2018

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Meet Kathryn: An Everyday Hero in Action

Kathryn is a hero in action and has made saving lives her passion for decades. This year she became the blood drive Chairperson for the GFWC Rotunda Women’s Club in her community.  We recently asked her a few questions about why donating is so important to her.

How long have you been organizing community blood drives?  

This is the first year (2018) that I’ve been Chairman for (2) drives for OneBlood in Florida. However, I began being a Chairman for American Red Cross blood drives in Southeastern PA/Delaware Valley in 1994.

How many years have you been donating? 

 I began donating blood in the mid 1980's. The first time I donated a gentleman was giving his 64th pint of blood and I thought that was a great number (8 x 8 = 64), so I made that my goal.  Then I set my goal at 100 which happened on April 15, 2013.  I know that exactly because when I got home I heard that the Boston Marathon bombing had taken place and I forgot all about reaching my goal.  Since we moved to Florida in 2014 I have donated 11 pints on the Big Red Bus, which is a really fun thing to do!

Why is donating important?

Donating is so great because it can save three lives!  It’s also good for me because I generate new blood each time to replace what I have donated.  It's easy to do and I always know my iron level, blood pressure, etc.  Donating sets a good example for my children, grandchildren, family and friends. I really work at being eligible to donate blood because I want to help others.

Thanks Kathryn!

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