79-Year-Old Kansas Woman Honored for Making 200 Platelet Donations And 100 Blood Donations

by Kelly Glass
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Some help people in need by donating their time or money. Gwen, a woman from Olathe, Kansas, donates her blood and platelets.

She was also recently recognized for her many blood donations.

The 79-year-old has made 300 donations so far throughout her lifetime. It all started when Gwen was in her 20s. It’s now a part of her routine. Every two weeks she gives blood. Gwen was awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Community Blood Center for making her 200th platelet donation. “Everybody is so nice, and it’s just a fun group like family,” Gwen said. She’s also donated whole blood 100 times.

Gwen referenced illnesses such as cancer and many others that some adults and children are diagnosed with as her motivation for donating blood. She also wants this message to reach many others who are able to donate blood as well. “It takes … little to donate blood. It doesn’t take but a few minutes, and platelets, it takes a couple hours depending on how much they’re able to take.”

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. I hope this story inspires those who can to possibly save a life by donating blood.

Watch the video for more on this story and the lifesaving generosity of donating blood.

Footage provided by WDAF Kansas City


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