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Man donates 100 gallons of blood; saves 2,000+ lives

1:50 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Carroll Sharp, 69, of Jacksonville, sat down at The Blood Alliance at Mayo Clinic's Donor room on Monday to do something he has been doing since the 1971.

He gave blood.

"The stick that you get with a needle is just a small pain. But, you know you're helping someone," said Wednesday.

This was no ordinary blood donation for him.

According to Odette Struys, with The Blood Alliance, Sharp gave his 100th gallon of blood Wednesday afternoon.

"I would just encourage people to take that step," Sharp said Wednesday.

To put this into perspective, Struys said one pint of blood can save three lives. When you do the math, there are eight US pints in one US gallon. Sharp has given 800 pints of blood, which means he has helped save at least 2,400 lives over the years.

"I'm humbled that I'm able to do it. But, it makes me feel good to know that I have helped that many people," he said.

Struys said Sharp began donating blood while living in Louisville, Kentucky in the late 1960s. Sharp moved to Jacksonville in 1976 and never stopped giving blood.

The Blood Alliance said Sharp switched to donating blood platelets shortly after moving to Florida and has made more than 550 platelet donations to-date.

Struys said through the years, Sharp was a match for the Human Leukocyte Antigen, which helps patients minimize rejection of blood transfusions.

Sharp, who regularly volunteers, said his desire to help others inspiries him.

"I can't solve the world economic or war problems, but I can help someone who needs a pint of blood," he said.

Sharp is not the only person who has given 100 gallons of blood.

According to The Blood Alliance, the other four members of the "100-gallon donor club" are:

Bill Conroy who completed 100 gallons on March 28, 2011

Dean Willis who completed 100 gallons on December 12, 2011

Kelly Williams who completed 100 gallons on January 10, 2013

David Crews who completed 100 gallons on November 19, 2013.

According to Struys, if you donate blood anytime this week through Saturday January 11, 2014, at participating donor centers, donors can have the chance to register and enter a random drawing to win prizes including a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado donated by Nimnicht Chevrolet.

If you want to donate blood, call (888) 998.2243 or visit The Blood Alliance website.

 

 

 

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