Tuesday, November 5, 2013

145 gallons of blood lands man in Donation Hall of Fame

Roy Richards has bled for a cause he believes in.

One hundred and forty-five gallons worth, to be exactly.

Richards, 85, was inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame, sponsored by Fenwal, for his achievement on Oct. 31 at the Lakewood Ranch Donor Center.

He began donating blood in 1947 whenever the bloodmobile visited his workplace in Wisconsin. Soon after, he began traveling to the Milwaukee Donor Center because the bloodmobile didn't come around frequently enough.

Richards continued donating platelets 24 times a year after he and his wife, Sylvia, moved to Sarasota.

"It's helping people and that's what's important," Richards told Bay News 9 recently.

For more information about donating blood, center locations and hours, go to oneblood.org

-- Jason Bartolone, East Manatee Editor

JB Gaskins, left, and Barrett Mulford, from Fenwal, join Roy Richards as he is inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame. PHOTO PROVIDED

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