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Donor Recognized for Completing 300 Platelet Donations

By Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest honored one its longtime platelet donors June 2. Ruth Stevick first started donating platelets with the ASBBC-PNW in February 1994. Still at it 21 years later, Stevick was recognized for completing her 300th donation.

Stevick spent 600 hours in the donor chair and sat calmly through 409 needle sticks, which included when the old two-needle system was used. Some of those donations were double units, providing for 311 platelet products that went to the Madigan Army Medical Center. After many of her donations, she received a T-shirt from the donor center as a gift to thank her for her support of the Armed Services Blood Program. Over the course of 300 donations, she acquired quite a few T-shirts in her collection. Always the one to give back, in 2014, Stevick presented the ASBBC-PNW with a beautiful quilt made with some of the T-shirts she had received. The quilt now hangs on the donor center’s wall for everyone to see.

As an Army officer of the Adjutant Generals branch, Stevick retired as a major from the inspector general’s office on Fort Lewis after her last six years of service. She first started donating at a civilian agency in Tacoma, Wash., after retirement, then found out about the ASBP was at the Madigan Army Medical Center. She has been donating with the ASBBC-PNW ever since.

The recognition ceremony opened with a welcome from Army Capt. Michele Allen, ASBBC-PNW assistant director, followed by a presentation of the Madigan Army Medical Center Commander’s coin by Army Lt. Col. Carl Skinner on behalf of Army Col. Ramona Fiorey. Additionally, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter Supervisor Martin Ricker, presented Stevick with a pen set on behalf of Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, ASBP director.

Rafael Delgado, assistant apheresis technician for the donor center, then recited all of Stevick’s donation stats to everyone in attendance. Stevick was then presented with a certificate of appreciation by the ASBBC-PNW blood donor recruiter. Lastly, Darlynn Wright, an apheresis nurse for the donor center, presented her with a fleece that had the ASBP logo and “300 Platelet Donations” embroidered on it.   

At the end of the ceremony, Stevick and ASBBC-PNW staff members enjoyed lunch and a special cake for the celebration. Guests included Stevicks’ family, neighbors and even one of the retired apheresis nurses, from when the blood bank was at the main hospital.

Stevick is a wonderful person and dedicated donor who has volunteered her time to donate to help support ill or injured service members, veterans and their families worldwide. Even though she has reached a major milestone of 300 platelet donations, Stevick said she does not plan to stop there. In fact, she is already scheduled for her next donation.

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit  To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.