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Harold Mendenhall Reaches 100 Gallon Blood Donation

Palm Beach, FL
May 8, 2013

In 1977 Harold Mendenhall’s wife Frankie, who was a hospital transfusion nurse, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although she never needed a blood transfusion, Harold realized the importance of blood donations and began giving every 8 weeks. The 84-year-old Riviera Beach resident realized he is blessed with good health and can help hospital patients, particularly those fighting leukemia.

Mendenhall became one of the first platelet donors to give platelets using a new automated donation process at the time. He originally set a goal of giving 5 gallons and then kept going until he reached 100 gallons! Florida Blood Centers, a division of OneBlood, Inc., celebrates his amazing milestone.

Blood donations profoundly affect the lives of patients in our community. In many cases one donation could impact or even save the lives of three patients. Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Go to www.floridasbloodcenters.org for more information and eligibility questions or call 1.888.9.DONATE (936.6283).


OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 300 hospital partners and their patients throughout Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama.  OneBlood operates more than 90 donor centers and deploys nearly 250 Big Red Bus bloodmobiles throughout the southeastern United States for blood drives. Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about OneBlood visit www.oneblood.org.

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