Posted by Christi Reynard email
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Villa Hills, KY man is now one of the few people who can say they've donated 80 gallons of blood in his lifetime.
Paul Michels, 79, began donating blood in 1951, when he made a donation on behalf of his brother, who was wounded while serving in the military in Korea.
"I wanted to help others in the community," Michels says. "I feel blessed and fortunate to have the good health to continue to help others."
Hoxworth Blood Center says the 80 gallons of blood donated in Michels lifetime, has saved or enhanced the lives of up to 1,920 people.
"Mr. Michels is a Hoxworth hero and a hero to many tri-state patients," says Dr. Ronald Sacher with Hoxworth Blood Center. "We encourage the community to applaud Mr. Michels efforts and join him in becoming a Hoxworth hero by making a blood donation."
Donating blood is save and easy. You must be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed parental consent) and in good health. You must weigh at least 110 pounds and bring identification to donate.
To make an appointment to donate blood, call Hoxworth at (513) 451-0910, or (800) 830-1091.