Blood donors giving by the gallons

Jan 17th, 2013 | By | Category: Everything Else

Cascade Regional Blood Services calls Bob Annon one of its super stars.

Annon celebrated his 30th anniversary of donating platelets Nov. 12 at Cascade’s Tacoma Donor Center by giving his 78th gallon. He began donating platelets on Nov. 11, 1982, and has donated more units than any other Cascade (CRBS) donor on record.

CRBS relies upon volunteer blood donors, like Annon, to ensure a constant supply of blood and blood components for the hospitals and clinics the agency serves. CRBS is the sole provider of blood and blood products to MultiCare Health System and Franciscan Health System hospitals and clinics in Pierce County and south King County. The supply includes community blood drives by CRBS throughout the region, as well as donations at its donor centers in Tacoma, Puyallup and Federal Way.

The Puyallup center is in a new location, which is where the Boergers, a Puyallup family, made their bi-monthly blood donations Nov. 15. The family has been dedicated blood donors for a long time. But when Richard Boerger, 18 at the time, was diagnosed with leukemia and could no longer donate blood, the family started donating as a group with friends in Richard’s honor. Every two months, like clockwork, the family recruits friends to come donate with them, CRBS officials said. Since 2008, the Boergers and their friends have donated more than 13 gallons of blood.

The new Puyallup Donor Center opened Oct. 29 at the Meeker’s Landing building at 615 E. Pioneer, near the Meeker Mansion. CRBS officials said the move provides more space for donors and improved service for the community.

“We are thrilled to have a new space that will be more comfortable for donors and helps us better meet the needs of the hospitals we serve,” said Christine Swinehart, president of CRBS.

CRBS first opened a center in Puyallup in 1980 to serve east Pierce County and what is now MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.

Bob Annon gives one of the the 78 gallons of blood he has donated since 1982 through Cascade Regional Blood Services. (CRBS/courtesy photo)

Bob Annon gives one of the the 78 gallons of blood he has donated since 1982 through Cascade Regional Blood Services. (CRBS/courtesy photo)

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