Pittsfield, Ill. blood donor hits 20 gallon milestone
Roger Yaeger donated 160th pint in December
PITTSFIELD, Ill. (Jan. 31, 2013) – Roger Yaeger says donating blood has always come easily. The 69-year-old Pittsfield, Ill. man has been giving blood since his teenage years. On Dec. 28, 2012, Yaeger’s donation at his hometown American Red Cross blood drive was his 160th, or the equivalent of 20 gallons.
Yaeger said he donates blood because he wants to assist others. “It’s something that I’ve always been able to do, and it’s my way of helping other people and the American Red Cross” he said.
Because each blood donation can help save up to three lives, Yaeger’s donations may have helped save the lives of nearly 500 patients. Yaeger says each donation and each step closer to another gallon is like a game to him.
“It was a challenge to get to 20 gallons, but it was a fun challenge” he said.
Yaeger intends to continue to challenge himself to help more people, and the Red Cross invites others to do the same. Blood donated to the Red Cross can help many patients in need, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery.
How to Donate Blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.