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Source: San Diego Blood Bank

July 7, 2016 (San Diego) - A San Carlos woman has not only saved hundreds of lives with her volunteer blood donations, but has found a way to make it fun in the process. 

Barbara Haney will make her milestone 10th gallon blood donation this Saturday, July 9th at 8:35 a.m. at the San Diego Blood Bank’s East County Donor Center, located at 776 Arnele Avenue, El Cajon, 92020. After donating, she’s planning a girl’s day out. 

Barbara was inspired to donate blood by her father, who was a regular donor.  Once she met the minimum weight requirement she started donating every eight weeks and has done so for the last 20 years.  Oftentimes, Barbara brings friends along and they make a day out of it by donating, going to lunch and shopping.  This Saturday, Barbara’s bringing her friends Stephanie and Mary.  Mary was previously afraid of donating blood, but decided the fun she’d have afterwards with her friends was worth it. 

“I really think it’s a good cause and I think everybody should support giving blood” said Haney.  “It’s something everybody can do.”

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old (15 and 16 year olds may donate with parental consent), weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health. SDBB is dedicated to community health by providing a reliable supply of blood to patients in need. Our vision is to further ensure the health of our community by simultaneously delivering related health and wellness education and services and extending into research.  SDBB is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit  that serves hospitals in San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Los Angeles counties with blood transfusion products and reference laboratory services.

SDBB currently operates six local donor centers and 10 bloodmobiles. SDBB’s Cell Therapy Program provides lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide. For more information about SDBB, visit www.sandiegobloodbankorg or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter

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