Archived Story

Ironton man records 90th blood donation

Published 9:23am Monday, June 24, 2013

Mike Pearson said he first gave blood a couple of weeks after joining the Navy in 1964, and at just shy of 50 years of helping to save lives, he is starting on his 12th gallon of his highly sought after blood type.

According to American Red Cross, only seven percent of people in the United States have the O-negative blood type, which is especially important due to anyone, regardless of their own blood type, being able to receive it. Pearson is one of these rare universal donors.

“I’m not a saint or anything like that. I just do it because it’s the right thing to do,” Pearson said. “I could blow smoke, but the truth of the matter is I’m just glad to live in this country and be able to do it.”

Just shy of his 66th birthday, Pearson said he has given more than the 90 times and 11 gallons, those numbers are just when he started keeping track with the Red Cross.

Pearson said he usually feels better after giving blood, something he said he cannot explain, just that he feels different and with more energy after getting off the table. He said no one should ever let their age stop them from donating.

“I have a lot of people tell me ‘I’m just too old to give blood,’” Pearson said. “But evidently not, because they still keep taking mine.”

He said everyone interested should at least attend a blood drive and see if they are eligible to give. At worst, a little time is wasted, but at best, he said lives can be saved.

The American Red Cross says that someone needs blood in the United States every two seconds and a single car accident victim can require as much as 100 pints of blood. One person can donate one pint every 56 days.

Pearson said he will keep giving until he cannot anymore and considers every minute donating and every pint taken to be worth it if saves even just one life.

The Tribune believes it is possible for people with a variety of points of view to discuss issues in a civil manner and will remove comments that, in our opinion, foster incivility. We want to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas. Responsibility for what is posted or contributed to this site is the sole responsibility of each user. By contributing to this website, you agree not to post any defamatory, abusive, harassing, obscene, sexual, threatening or illegal material, or any other material that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy this site, or that infringes on the rights of others. Any user who feels that a contribution to this website is a violation of these terms of use is encouraged to email, or click the "report comment" link that is on all comments. We reserve the right to remove messages that violate these terms of use and we will make every effort to do so — within a reasonable time frame — if we determine that removal is necessary.

Editor's Picks

Local veteran will be in HOF

Pedro native, Sgt. Charles “Cotton” Carmen, 47th Infantry, will be inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame as a Silver Star recipient for his ... Read more