A man nicknamed “The Babe Ruth of Blood Donation” is getting a lot of recognition after surpassing 100 gallons of donated blood.
For the past 34 years, Marcos Perez has visited the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in San Antonio every two weeks to donate blood, KSDK reports.
“Don’t cost me a dime, only some time,” he said. “I’m 57 and I’ve already got 100 gallons! These other people are in their 70s or 80s!”
Perez donates platelets, which allows him to donate more often than donating whole or double red blood cells.
When he was born prematurely, he had to receive a blood transfusion, and now he’s returning the favor.
“When I was growing up, my dad told me a friend of his donated blood for me,” Perez recalled. “His name was Mr. Aguilar. He took the time to donate, so he saved my life.”
Perez said he’s happy to help others whatever way he can.
“If you make time to go eat, you make time to go to the movies, you can make time to come donate,” Perez said. “Just make some time. Give from the heart. That’s what it takes. You gotta give from the heart.”