Donating blood is one of the most helpful things you can do for your fellow humans. And a man from Colorado has just reached a major milestone for blood donations—Dave Mihalick has given blood over 640 times. That’s more than 80 gallons of blood.
Mihalick started donating blood 34 years ago. He says he was inspired to give blood after one of his friend’s mother’s needed a transfusion.
“You get to be 70 or 80 years old you know, nobody wants your eyes, no one wants your heart, no one wants your kidney, but what surprises me, you can continue to give blood constantly,” Mihalick said. “It’s such a renewable thing.”
He drives 100 miles round trip every other week in order to donate.
When asked if his family also participates, Mihalick laughed. “No, they’re all afraid of needles.”
Blood donation company Vitalant honored Mihalick with a commemorative pin for reaching the 80-gallon milestone.
Vitalant said they have eight donations centers in Colorado and various blood drives with opportunities to donate every day of the week.
Mihalick said that giving blood is his “good deed for the community.”
According to the American Red Cross, every 2 seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and one donation can save as many as three lives. Donating blood can help people who are in emergency situations, lose blood during surgery, have complications during pregnancy or childbirth, and have cancer or severe anemia. Blood donation is safe, and if you’re a healthy adult you can typically donate a pint of blood without putting your health at risk.
Maybe like Mihalick, giving blood can be your way of giving back to the community.