(Brandon, FL December 14, 2015) In 1995, John Miller was working at Walmart when a little girl about 5 years old saw him in the store and noticed a blood donor pin on his uniform. She hugged his leg and exclaimed, “look mommy, he gives blood for me!” After that happened, John made an even greater commitment to saving lives as he began giving platelets, as often as every two weeks, with a personal goal of reaching 100 gallons of giving.
John Miller’s 100 Gallon Donor Milestone Celebration
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
10:00a.m. donations begin
At OneBlood’s Brandon Donor Center
727 West Lumsden Rd.
Brandon, FL 33511
While few donors have ever achieved the 100 gallon milestone, none of them have had to cope with the physical challenges and chronic pain John has endured during his life. John shared his story with OneBlood: “When I was 11 years old I found out I had Neurofibromatosis, a condition that causes tumors to grow on nerve endings. Over the next 3 years I had 11 operations to put shunts in my head to relieve pressure. During that time I actually died 3 times, but through the grace of God the doctors were able to bring me back. When I was age 14, they took me to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and did a CAT Scan. They found a tumor on the back of my heart, which they removed during an open heart operation.” Thanks to blood donors and a top notch medical team he survived.
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 or call 1.888.9DONATE (1.888.936.6283)
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.