For 35 years, a man in Texas has donated blood every two weeks because a donation once saved his very own life. Doing it for as long as he has, he has donated more than 100 gallons of life-saving blood.
Marcos Perez has been donating blood since he was a teenager, and in 2017, he passed a milestone of donating 100 gallons (approx. 379 liters) of blood.
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“They might live an extra day, a year, a month, who knows,” Perez told Kens5 of how donating blood helps others. “Maybe they will live forever.”
It all first started when Perez received a postcard from a blood bank seeking donors.
“I went and tried it and I realized I can donate more,” he told InsideEdition.com.
Then, Perez learned that it was a friend of his father’s who once donated blood for him when he was a premature baby. The donation saved his life.
After that revelation, he has donated blood 24 times a year, the maximum times allowed.
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“One donation just saved my life,” he said. “If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have 100 gallons right now.”
Perez’s actions didn’t go unnoticed.
Roger Ruiz, from the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, described Perez as an “All Star” for the blood community.
“Mr. Perez has probably saved patients going through cancer treatments, patients who have been in car accidents, patients who have blood disorders,” Ruiz said.
Knowing the importance of blood donations, Perez urges anyone who can to follow his footsteps.
“If you make time to go eat, you make time to go to the movies, you can make time to come donate,” Perez said. “Just make some time. Give from the heart. That’s what it takes. You gotta give from the heart.”
And he isn’t stopping anytime soon.
“I’ll just keep donating until the blood bank says I can’t donate anymore,” he said. “It’s just giving, showing love for a fellow human being.”
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