ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Blood banks desperately need donors following the pandemic.
On Thursday, Paul Inskeeps was 125th.Gallon of blood donated. He started donating platelets back in 1992.
“I do it 24 times a year,” explained Paul Inskeep.
That’s six gallons a year. Platelets are essential to fighting cancer, chronic disease, and traumatic injuries.
“I know people need it and I think we should help as many people as possible. That’s why we’re here to help people, ”added Inskeep.
People like Natalie Abreu-Horne, who survived leukemia two years ago.
“It was very difficult to find platelets that my body would accept. I was very, very grateful to everyone who donated platelets and blood to help me, ”said Natalie Abreu-Horne.
On Thursday she surprised Inskeep and thanked him for his life-saving gift.
“It’s emotional, I’m a leukemia survivor. It’s people like you who helped me save my life,” said Abreu-Horne. “I can’t really explain the emotions I’m going through when I’m with someone like meeting Paul, who only donates for people in need like me. It saves our lives. ”
Inskeep joins the ranks of fewer than 50 Floridians to hit the 125 gallon milestone. Its goal is to reach 200 gallons by 2033.
One Blood celebrates Inskeep for its generous donations.
“I’m not done yet. It’s just a stepping stone for my 200+ until I just can’t give it anymore. That’s my ultimate goal,” he said.