It takes 550 donations every day for the Indiana Blood Center to supply hospitals in the state with the necessary supply of blood.
More than 100,000 people last year donated blood. Among them was Mary Ann Butler, who started donating blood in 2001 after her nephew was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 3.
“I felt like I needed to do something," Butler said.
"I take care of my mother, so I can’t do a lot of volunteering, but this I can do,” the Columbus resident said.
Since that first visit, Butler has returned to the Indiana Blood Center location in Columbus to donate 59 times.
Ashley Grider, a blood specialist at the National Road office, said frequent donors such as Butler help ensure an adequate blood supply for the Columbus area.
“We really do rely heavily on our regular donors,” Grider said. "Almost half the population can donate, but less that 10 percent actually give every year.”
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