(Bradenton, FL, March 12, 2018) Bradenton resident Bill Pooley achieved his 100 Gallon Donor Milestone today by again donating platelets. Bill has helped to save hundreds of lives and families by donating platelets every two weeks over many years.
When Bradenton resident Bill Pooley was 23 years old he took his son to All Children’s Hospital due to a heart condition. Although his son never needed blood transfusions he saw other children who did and was inspired to begin his blood donor journey. At age 33, he succumbed to blindness due to Hereditary Glaucoma but kept donating, believing it was one of the most important acts of volunteering he could do for his community. Every two weeks a taxi awaits him and escorts him to and from the blood center so he can donate platelets. Now at age 62, Bill has reached his 100-gallon donor milestone, a feat few donors ever achieve!
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, 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 or call 1.888.9DONATE (1.888.936.6283)