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Former Largo mayor a 100-gallon blood donor
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Former Largo Mayor Bob Jackson achieves the status of a 100-gallon donor by giving platelets.
LARGO – Former Largo Mayor Bob Jackson recently achieved his 100-gallon donor milestone by giving platelets at OneBlood’s Clearwater Donor Center.

Donor Center Team Leader Mercedes White presented him with a 100-gallon shirt and Phlebotomist Cristina Santos gave him a congratulatory cake.

Jackson, a retired Pinellas County School principal and former Largo councilman, began donating blood when he was a high school senior. He then began a competition with his brother-in-law Joe Beauchamp to see who could give the most blood and platelets.

Both are now over 100 gallons of giving and thousands of patients and their families have benefited greatly from their generosity, a OneBlood press release said.

Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit www.oneblood.org or call 800-68-BLOOD (800-682-5663)

All donors receive a wellness check-up of blood pressure, pulse, temperature and iron count, including a cholesterol screening, along with a special gift. Those who donate blood two times between May 1 and Aug. 31 will receive a free lunch offer courtesy of Outback Steakhouse and be entered to win “Outback for a Year.” Plus, all donors in May and June will receive a coupon for $5 off two entrees from Outback Steakhouse.

Every two seconds someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion. Blood that is donated today will likely be transfused into a patient within two to three days. The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.
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