(St. Petersburg, FL, September 8, 2015) When Peter Lynn was in high school his dad was a St. Petersburg police officer. One day a fellow officer needed blood transfusions, due to a serious accident. So Peter went with his father to donate blood for him. After high school Peter joined the Navy and later transferred to the reserves. He kept giving whole blood regularly until automated platelet donation technology was invented. Peter then began to give the special gift of his type AB positive universal donor plasma and platelets as often as every two weeks. He retired from the Navy after twenty eight years, but has kept serving our nation as a donor!
125 Gallon Donor Milestone Celebration
Friday, September 11, 2015
Tyrone Donor Center
6808 22nd Ave. N.
9:30a.m. donation begins
Recognition & refreshments @11:30 a.m.
Over his years of giving, Peter’s donations have helped to save or sustain over one thousand lives and families. One special recipient has been Jackson Carter, the son of good family friends. On September 6, 2014, nine year old Jackson was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma, a bone cancer. During surgery and chemotherapy, over the course of many months, he needed to receive multiple blood and platelet transfusions. Peter not only donated platelets regularly for him, he also recruited a total of eight more donors to help Jackson fight his cancer. Today Jackson is cancer free and will join in the celebration of Peter’s lifesaving achievement.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. All donors receive a wellness checkup including blood pressure, temperature, iron count, pulse and cholesterol screening. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit oneblood.org
Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.