He’s now paid that donation ahead greater than 960 occasions.
According to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, his blood has helped over 3,000 folks.
Perez was born prematurely and wanted a blood transfusion.
“Back then, there have been no blood banks so my dad needed to go ask his kin and pals to donate blood for me.
It was one in every of his pals that saved my life,” Perez instructed CNN.
Perez first donated blood whereas nonetheless in highschool. He stated after serving 4 years within the Air Force, he started donating plasma and platelets frequently.
Now, over 37 years later, Perez is celebrating his 962nd donation which places him in a uncommon class of blood donors — it marked his 120th gallon of blood given.
“Mr. Perez is an unusual case because you don’t have too many 100-gallon donors,” stated Ruiz. “He’s saving lives every day.”
Perez donates plasma and platelets as a substitute of complete blood as a result of it permits him to donate as much as 24 occasions a 12 months. Perez says he plans to proceed to donate each two weeks till “they say you can’t,” and hopes others will observe his lead.
“One man can’t do it alone. We need to all work together. If we all work together and everybody goes to donate, those shelves will be fully stocked.”
Roll up and make a distinction
The final 12 months has been notably onerous for blood banks.
Ruiz says that blood banks throughout the nation, not simply in southern Texas the place Perez lives, are in dire want of donations.
“The pandemic has really hurt us, and across the United States blood drives have been canceled because of the pandemic and social distancing,” Ruiz stated. “We definitely need more people like Mr. Perez to please step up and donate.”
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center plans to acknowledge Mr. Perez and two different 100-plus gallon donors after they are available to present blood on the identical day.
“It’s like the all-stars of blood donors coming together for one time. You have your Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady coming together to do what they do best and give blood.”
Ruiz is fast to level out that you do not have to be a famous person athlete or superhero to make a distinction. All it’s important to do is roll up your sleeve.
“We don’t all wear capes, but this is one way we can all be heroes for our community.” Ruiz added, “If Mr. Perez’s story moves you, please call your local blood center, set up a donation and be the next 100-gallon donor.”