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The Big 100: Donor Reaches Milestone

11/08/2017
By Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon
It starts with one, and before you know it, you’ve reached 100. On October 20, 2017, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt Harvey Stackpole achieved an amazing milestone: his 100th platelet donation!

Stackpole’s lifesaving path started in 1971, after joining the Army. He served in the Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps throughout his military career and was a regular blood donor. Upon his retirement, he learned about the Armed Services Blood Program apheresis platelet program. He began a new path as a platelet donor, so that he could help wounded warriors in need.

For each of his donations, Stackpole comes prepared. He works hard to pass the hematocrit test, a measurement of the percentage of red blood cells in one’s blood, by eating protein and drinking plenty of fluids. He wears his ASBP apparel, from his polo shirt to his messenger bag. He is a walking promo for the platelet program. When he arrives for his donation, Stackpole positions himself in his favorite collection chair, the first donor to use that chair when it was received.

On his 100th donation, the Pentagon Blood Donor Center staff celebrated with a group photo, making sure to include the apheresis tech that collected his platelets, and a Certificate of Appreciation for this incredible milestone. Before leaving and as routine, Stackpole went ahead and scheduled his next platelet donation.

On behalf of the entire military blood program, we would to thank Mr. Stackpole for his dedication in donating platelets. Our donors are truly the heart and soul of the program.

The Pentagon Blood Donor Center would like to invite anyone interested in donating platelets to visit the donor center or to learn more about platelets, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. They look forward to helping others reach a lifesaving milestone too.

If you would like join in saving lives or sponsor an ASBP blood drive of your own, please visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil to find the ASBP blood donor center nearest you.

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 www.militaryblood.dod.mil. 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.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.