Port of Manatee Employee’s Blood Donations to Reach 100 Gallons
(Bradenton, FL September 18, 2013) Palmetto resident Bud Melvin has worked at the Port of Manatee in construction for 28 years. In his time off, Bud helps to build life by donating blood and platelets as often as every two weeks. Over these years by regularly sharing his power to save lives, Bud will reach 100 gallons of giving at his next donation.
Bud Melvin’s Century Club Induction
9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Bradenton Donor Center
216 Manatee Ave. East
Bradenton, FL 34208
A surprise guest at the celebration will be Daphne Morris, who was a phlebotomist for 20 years at this location before she retired in 2010. She drew many units of life-saving blood from Bud over the years. In the summer of 2012, Daphne received multiple blood transfusions because of a liver transplant. She wants to personally thank Bud for his donations that have saved hundreds of patients and their families.
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
On January 27, 2012 three of Florida’s independent, not-for-profit blood centers, Community Blood Centers of Florida, Inc. (CBCF), Florida’s Blood Centers, Inc. (FBC) and Florida Blood Services, Inc. (FBS) came together in a merger of equals and OneBlood, Inc. was established. OneBlood is responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to its hospital partners and their patients. The service area of OneBlood includes the Tampa Bay area, South and Southeast Florida, the Orlando-metro area and surrounding Central Florida counties, parts of Southwest Florida, Pensacola and Tallahassee and some parts of Southern Georgia and Alabama.