88 Year Old Blood Donor Reaches 150 Gallon Donation

88 Year Old Blood Donor Reaches 150 Gallon Donation

(Leesburg, FL. February 19, 2018)   Lowell Collins today reached a milestone most people couldn’t imagine. He donated his 150th gallon of blood! 30 5-gallon drums stacked in the donor center represent the amount of blood he has given to date. He is a career blood donor who has literally impacted the lives of hundreds of patients in our hospitals. He has saved the lives of over 3,000 people, mainly by giving platelets that are transfused to cancer patients within 5 days.

The eighty-eight-year-old Umatilla resident has also recruited other donors to give platelets over the years. He first started donating blood in 1953 at the Eustis Hospital. Born in 1929, Collins served in the Air Force as airplane mechanic and has been married to his wife, Kay, for 65 years. He is active in the Umatilla historical museum.

Platelet donations are in constant need in our hospitals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more about the vital importance of platelet donations and how you can Target Your Type by clicking HERE.


Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift.

One of three people will need blood in their lifetime. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

 

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