(St. Petersburg, Fla. Nov. 7, 2012) Gary Goodwin started donating blood only occasionally at the age of 19 after joining the ARMY in 1972. But in 1998 he began helping cancer patients by donating platelets after a co-worker’s son was diagnosed with leukemia and needed platelet transfusions. Ever since Gary continued to donate platelets almost every two weeks and now has reached a major milestone Friday.
The public, as well as donors, other veterans and patient recipients are invited to attend and thank him for the hundreds of lives he has saved or sustained. Refreshments and cake will be served.
Gary Goodwin’s 80th Gallon Donation
Friday, November 9, 2012
Florida Blood Services Tampa North Donor Center
5301 East Fletcher Avenue
When Gary is not donating blood, he works as a Logistics Coordinator at Quest Labs. His other volunteer passion stems from his ARMY training as a canine handler. Both he and his wife Lori, who is also a blood donor, volunteer to train abused and rescued German Shepard dogs so they can be placed in good homes. Gary and his wife have two adult children who are also blood donors.
Gary enjoys visiting with the Florida Blood Services staff at Tampa North and appreciates how they always make him feel comfortable and special. He especially likes it when he sees young people donate and hopes it will become a lifelong habit for them too. Gary also professes ‘what goes around, comes around,’ because a few years ago he was hospitalized with internal bleeding that required two blood transfusions himself.
Please call 1-800-68 BLOOD (25663) or visit www.fbsblood.org for donation locations.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. Identification is required prior to donation. For blood donor eligibility requirements click HERE.