When Patrick Brown donated blood with Carter BloodCare for the first time in 1980, he knew right away that he wanted to continue helping his community through frequent blood donation. Now, at 64 years old, Patrick is close to donating 70 gallons of blood, and he’s working toward a 100-gallon goal.
“I’ve given a lot of times, and maybe that’s my purpose. I work a lot, and I don’t have any time to volunteer or give back to the community. This is my way of doing that,” Patrick said.
Patrick has made it a tradition to give whole blood every year on his birthday, August 9. Throughout the rest of the year, he donates platelets every two to three weeks, which are beneficial for patients undergoing cancer treatment, among other diagnoses.
Patrick’s story is an example of how regularly scheduled donations can help maintain a stable community blood supply in times like holidays or summer months when the donation commitment can wane. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last month, Patrick donated blood and also spread the message to help our blood center collect enough for local hospitals, plus a little extra to send to southeast Texas.
After years of giving blood and 69 gallons donated, Patrick encourages everyone who is eligible, to give blood donation a try. During times of specific requests, he shares Carter BloodCare’s posts on Facebook and asks his friends to make donations.
“It’s a small price to pay for helping somebody out,” he says. “Somebody needs it more than I do right now.”