A 70-year-old Ocala man celebrated an impressive blood donor milestone this past week.
William “Tinker” Bowen Jr. passed the 125-gallon blood donation milestone at OneBlood Ocala Donor Center on Friday morning.
According to a press release from OneBlood, fewer than 50 Floridians have reached that donor milestone since blood banking began during the Second World War.
Bowen’s contributions have helped to save or sustain many hundreds of lives and families over the years.
As a young man, Bowen was impressed by his dad who would sometimes be called by the blood center in the middle of the night to donate for a patient. While he was a freshman at the University of Florida, Bowen donated for a family member in need of a blood transfusion for the first time and has been donating ever since. He moved up to donating platelets in the 1980s. He says he keeps giving because he feels satisfaction in helping others.
Bowen is a vital link to saving the lives of many patients fighting cancer by donating his platelets, according to OneBlood.
Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. All donors receive a wellness checkup of blood pressure, pulse, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening, plus a surprise gift.
To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type, visit the OneBlood website or call 1.888.9DONATE (1.888.936.6283).