(Clearwater, FL, December 18, 2014) Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos achieved his 50 Gallon Blood Donor Milestone today by donating platelets to brighten the holidays for patients and their families in our community. Platelet transfusions are often needed by cancer patients due to the harsh effects of chemotherapy.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org or call 1.800.68.BLOOD. (1.800.682.5663).
Mayor Cretekos has a long history of serving others. For 35 years he served both in Pinellas County and Washington D.C. as a staffer for U.S. Representative C.W. Young. In 2006, he retired and was a missionary for the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
Mayor Cretekos gave his first whole blood donation in the late 1960’s at Davidson College. Like many donors, it did not become a habit until it became personal when the husband of a friend needed blood donations for heart surgery in the late 1970’s and George responded. When the technology for one arm automated platelet donations was offered, George then began to give this special gift as often as every month.
He continued to donate during his tenure as a member of the Clearwater City Council from 2007-2012 and now as Mayor of Clearwater. George Cretekos has also served on the Board of Directors of Florida Blood Services, now OneBlood, and is an active volunteer stem cell and bone marrow courier for the National Marrow Donor Program.
OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients. The service area of OneBlood includes the Tampa Bay area, the Orlando-metro area and surrounding Central Florida counties, South and Southeast Florida, parts of Southwest Florida, Pensacola, Tallahassee and areas in Southern Georgia and Alabama. The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.