February 21, 2013
My donation history started out as an on-again, off-again whole blood donor back in the '80s. It wasn't until my father underwent surgery for an abdominal aortic aneurism in 2001 that I made it one of my personal goals to become a regular donor. During one of my whole blood appointments I was approached about the possibility of donating platelets. Well, I gave it a try and never looked back - recently donating my 100th unit of platelets. That's a lot of movies! I discovered, in later conversations with my mom, that dad had been a regular blood donor in his earlier years, no doubt motivated by the drives held during WWII. He had a deferral from military service - a hard-working dairy farmer who supported the war efforts here and abroad through food production, while also donating the gift of life for countless friends and relatives who went off to serve. So, every time I visit a donation center, I do it in loving memory of my dad, and for my unknown "friends and relatives".