(Brandon, FL. June 23, 2016) By donating whole blood and platelets for over 40 years, Seffner resident Julio Sosa has helped to save many hundreds of lives and families. On Monday, he will donate platelets again and achieve his 100 Gallon Donor milestone.
Julio Sosa’s 100 Gallon Donor Milestone
Monday, June 27, 2016
8AM–10AM Donation & Milestone Celebration
Brandon Donor Center
727 West Lumsden Rd.
Brandon, FL 33511
Cuban native Julio Sosa came to the United States mid 1950’s and while in the Airforce in the 1970’s began donating whole blood. In the 1980’s he transitioned to donating platelets, as often as every 2 weeks, in order to help more people more often.
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and a cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift. 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.
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 throughout most of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.