Santa thanks John for saving lives & a pyramid of 5 gallon buckets shows how much he has given!
(Brandon, FL: December 18, 2013) Brandon resident and Busch Gardens’ Security Officer John Baker shares his power to save lives in our community by donating blood and platelets regularly. Over the past few decades he has donated every two weeks for the maximum allowed twenty four times annually. By making this lifesaving commitment, John reached 100 gallons of giving at his donation on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the Brandon Donor Center located at 727 Lumsden Road.
John’s father was an avid blood donor and set an example for him to give regularly. Like most donors, John started out giving whole blood. When he learned about automated platelet donations and how he could give blood in this special way more frequently to help cancer patients, he began to donate every two weeks. He now donates mostly platelets, but also gives whole blood several times during the year as well. Hundreds of patients and families have been saved by John’s willingness to share his power.
Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. A photo ID is required.
Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion. Blood donations profoundly affect the lives of patients in our community. In many cases one donation can save up to three lives. For more information about donating blood, center locations and hours, please visit www.oneblood.org