In 1967, John Csejka began his first real job at Blue Cross & Blue Shield in New York where they hosted blood drives. Because his dad was a regular blood donor, John decided to follow in his footsteps. When the technology for donating platelets was developed, he began giving directly to people needing them, mainly cancer patients.
John served stateside in the Air Force for 4 years during the Vietnam War and continued to donate. His sister later developed cancer and received blood transfusions. John has literally given gallons of blood. The way John see it, he is relaxing in a donor chair and sharing his ‘Gift of Life’ as a way to ‘lay down his life for a friend.’ In his case, his friends are many- all those who have received his platelets.