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Richard Gaylord Jr., 81-Year-Old, Honored By The Red Cross For 272 Blood Donations

First Posted: 06/22/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 05:15 PM ET

The American Red Cross has honored Richard Gaylord Jr. for his 272nd blood donation. WWLP reports Gaylord has donated 34 gallons of blood over the years -- since his first donation in 1946. Gaylord has a rare AB positive blood type and, by giving blood about every eight weeks, Gaylord has contributed blood to 817 patients in need over his lifetime.

Gaylord says,

"It's a good feeling to know you've helped out, maybe kept someone alive who wouldn't otherwise be here."

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