On 8th Annual Nielsen Global Impact Day
(Clearwater, FL, June 11, 2019) Nielsen team member John ‘Tony’ Mann will participate in their 8th Annual Nielsen Global Impact Day by donating platelets and achieving his 100 Gallon Donor Milestone. John will join the elite ranks of the less than 200 people who have given 100 gallons or more of blood in Florida since blood banking began during World War II!
Clearwater resident John ‘Tony’ Mann started donating blood as a young adult because his father was unable to give his to help others. John’s father had a disease called Polycythemia that caused his body to make too many red blood cells. To treat this condition he was required to have his blood therapeutically drawn every 6 weeks, but it could not be used for patients. John decided it was his duty to perform this community service and he began donating whole blood. Later, he was asked to become a vital platelet donor and give blood more often in that special way. Despite annual deferrals, when work called him out of the country, he donated whole blood or platelets when he could. John’s dedication has helped to save hundreds of lives and families!
John ‘Tony’ Mann 100 Gallon Donor Milestone Celebration
Tuesday, June 18
10a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
OneBlood’s Clearwater Donor Center
1680 S. Missouri Ave
Clearwater, FL 33756
As a surprise, Kristine Flemister will be attending to thank John as she is so appreciative of those who give blood to help others. She is a 3 time cancer survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and metastatic carcinoma, had a bone marrow transplant and needed many blood and platelet transfusions. Eight years after she beat cancer her bone marrow shut down (pure red blood cell aplasia- PRCA) and stopped producing red blood cells. Kristine then became transfusion dependent for two years, receiving a pint of blood every two weeks! Kristine said, “I am happy to say all is great today with my health and I owe my life and a debt of gratitude to folks like Tony who selflessly donate blood to help patients in need.”
Nielsen Global Impact Day is part of the Nielsen Cares program, their global corporate social responsibility program, which mobilizes Nielsen’s data, expertise and associates to positively affect the communities where they live and work around the world. Since 2012, Nielsen has pledged to deliver at least $10 million each year through pro bono and in-kind contributions, including the donation of Nielsen data and insights, as well as employees’ time, skills and expertise.
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).