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Orange County Man Gives 100th Gallon of Blood

Orlando, FL
September 25, 2013

Ronald Ribaric reached a milestone today most of us could never imagine, becoming a 100-gallon blood donor. Ronald’s avid donation career started during his college days in the 1970s. He now primarily donates platelets to cancer patients. The retired Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) employee shares his power by helping those who depend on transfusions to sustain their lives.

Ronald served the local blood center for many years as a board member and blood drive chairperson at Martin Marietta. During the Gulf War (1990-1991) he led a blood drive at the defense contractor that collected over 100 units of blood. Now he is committed to continue his life-saving mission as he joins an elite club of 100 gallon blood donors. Find out more about the automated donation process for giving platelets by clicking HERE.

Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion in the US. 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. For more information about donating blood, center locations and hours, go to www.oneblood.org


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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