CLARK – A township resident responded to a call for help this week by making his 100th lifetime blood donation.
New Jersey Blood Services, a division of the New York Blood Center, was asked to assist with the treatment of a female patient who is waiting for a liver transplant and is being sustained by plasma donations.
There is a shortage of plasma donations, so all five regions of NYBC have been working together to meet the needs of this patient. In New Jersey, a call went out to Plasma Club Captain John Strauss, who reached out to the five members of this distinguished group who always rise to the challenge of meeting plasma needs.
Kevin Crowley of Clark was the first to answer the call. On Oct. 28, he made his 100th blood donation at the NJBS Scotch Plains Donor Center.
Crowley, who is AB negative, is a universal plasma donor and has been donating whole blood, platelets and plasma since 1973.
“Back in the 70s, I watched my father whither away with lung cancer and realized the value of blood donations,” Crowley said. “By donating plasma for this woman in need, I know I’m helping society. It’s such a small thing to do.”
“It’s such an easy thing to do,” Crowley added, “It makes me feel so good to know I am helping to save her life.”
To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org.
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