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Man donates 125th gallon of blood

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PACIFIC BEACH, CA — A California man received a celebration at a blood bank Tuesday for nearly 40 years of donations.

Bob Fisher’s chair at the San Diego Blood Bank was decorated with balloons and a sign that read, “125 gallons!”

“He just brightens our day,” said Janet Villa, manager with the SD Blood Bank.

Fisher has donated 125 gallons of blood and platelets. He tries to make it every two weeks.

“I’ve been coming a long time,” Fisher said. “After I joined the Masons, we had a very active blood chairman and he got me started and I just kept since then doing it.”

SD Blood Bank CEO David Wellis said only about three percent of Southern Californians who are able to donate actually do it. He said the donations are crucial.

“We’re kind of always on the razor’s edge as far as needing blood to maintain a safe level of inventory,” he said. “The impact is you’re actually saving lives every day.”

Wellis said in the SD Blood Bank’s 63 year history, 14 people have exceeded the 100 gallon mark. Fisher is approaching the record holder who has donated 130 gallons but for the retired federal worker, it’s not about that. He said it’s about those who receive the donations.

“(I hope) it extends their life and gives them a more productive and happier life,” he said. “I’m glad I can help. I feel the Lord has blessed me with something I can share.”

The SD Blood Bank said the summer time is especially low for donations.

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