Northside Hospital - Blood donor celebrates 250th platelet donation at Atlanta Blood Services

Blood donor celebrates 250th platelet donation at Atlanta Blood Services

Posted on: April 25, 2019


In 1987, Donald Bagley was at his Ohio church when a member of the congregation asked for a favor. A woman requested people donate blood for her husband, who was battling melanoma. Donald Bagley thought it was a simple request and donated twice.

It didn’t stop there, as Donald continued to regularly give blood, even after he moved to Georgia in 1997. Donald also learned more about the different ways he could donate, and decided to give platelets over whole blood donations.

Platelet donations can be made every week, while whole blood donations can only be made every 56 days. A single donation of platelets also has a yield of several more transfusable units than whole blood donations. These facts resonated with Donald.

I wanted to be able to donate as much as I could, and platelet donation gave me a reason to donate more frequently,” he said.

Nineteen years later, Donald has celebrated his 250th platelet donation at Atlanta Blood Services. This number is often met with skepticism, as many people can’t believe it’s possible to donate that much. On top of this, one donation can save up to three lives, meaning Donald has potentially helped 750 people.

Donald says he continues to donate blood because it’s the right thing to do. “I donate so that I can help those who aren’t necessarily able to help themselves,” he said.

Donald hopes his commitment to donating will encourage those around him to take similar action. And while some of his friends and family are unable to donate blood, Donald tells them he donates on their behalf.

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