Lance's Journal: 75 Gallons and Counting...Feb. 29

Lincoln's Community Blood Bank is always in need of more blood donors. Right now, the blood is going out of the doors a lot faster than it's coming in. That's why people like George Thompson are so important.

Imagine if you will, donating the time and energy that it would take to fill this gallon jug with blood. Now imagine, spending the past 4 decades dedicated to donating and amassing 75 gallons of life-saving liquid.

That is exactly what Lincoln's George Thompson did. Putting him at number two on the all-time chart of Nebraska Community Blood Bank lifetime achievers.

This 73-year-old donates twice a month and everytime he comes in he sees one of his biggest fans, Phlebotomist Angela Murphy, "I just think it's an amazing accomplishment and then on the other side me knowing what he's doing and where it's going and who he's saving, the babies and the grandmas and the grandpas and the sons and daughters moms and dads i mean it could be my family one day."

Over the past 42 years, George has sat on chairs just like this one for 600 hours, that's the equivalent to 25 days and his donations have helped save nearly 400 lives.

Just the life of Roca's Tyler Oelling's. He appreciates George's sacrifice, "It's respectable and it definitely helped me, it's like an energy booster, when you're laying in a hospital bed with leukemia you're all tired out and not goin' but as soon as the blood goes in you it's like having the best energy drink of your life. It's amazing, I really appreciate it!"

George says, "It makes me feel good to see somebody that maybe I contributed to his life."

George says making a profound difference in the lives his his fellow Lincolnites is immensely satisfying, "Because once I get done and they take out the product it's going to go out and help someone the next day."

Coming up on June 14th, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank at 84th and 0 in Lincoln will join millions of people in recognizing World Blood Donor Day.


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