Mark Lally is a regular blood donor at the Puget Sound Blood Center in Olympia. Last month, he donated his 100th pint of whole blood.
This is an extraordinary achievement for anyone, but what makes Mark’s accomplishment even more impressive is that he is just 48 years old. Usually donors who achieve this milestone are at least 10 to 20 years older. 92% of people don’t give blood at all, and those who do, give infrequently.
My first blood donations were during college blood drives at Gonzaga. I continued to donate through college and law school, but when I came back to the Northwest in 1990, is when I started donating regularly at the Puget Sound Blood Center. My initial donations were up at the PSBC in Bellevue, but once I moved down [to Olympia], I either went to the Olympia Center (on Eastside Street) or at the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus when they had a mobile drive.
So it has taken me about twenty-three years to get to one hundred units at the PSBC with an average of 4 or 5 per year.
There are hundreds of patients in our community who rely on the generosity of strangers to provide the blood that they need to live. You can be part of someone’s miracle.
You’ll never know whose life you saved, but you will know that you saved a life.