S. Florida Man Hits 100-Gallons of Blood Donated

 LAKE PARK, Fla. (AP) _ A South Florida man has reached a rare milestone. He’s
donated 100 gallons of blood.
 
The Palm Beach Post reports 84-year-old Harold Mendenhall started giving blood
on July 7, 1977. Last month, he logged his 100th gallon.
 
 Mendenhall started donating blood when his wife, Frankie, was diagnosed with
breast cancer. When she died seven years later, Mendenhall says he was lost. He
stopped by the blood bank on his way home from work. Soon he was donating six
gallons a year.
 
     He’s especially coveted because he donates blood platelets.
 
 Mendenhall says giving blood helped him cope with the loss of his wife and,
later, two sons.

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