HONESDALE – During the third annual Battle of the Sexes Blood Donor Challenge held Tuesday, one local man donated his 100th pint of blood.
That brings his donation total to 12 gallons, which has helped save more than 300 lives.
Robert Nonnenmacher, a resident of Honesdale, was all smiles as he relayed his story.
“I've been giving blood for many years,” he said.
Nonnenmacher recalls a time in the 1980s when his grandmother was taken to the hospital. She told him her blood type just in case and they found out they had the same blood type.
He found out later that his dad also had the same blood type.
“I personally know a lot of people who got my blood,” Nonnenmacher stated. “That's why I continue doing it. I've been giving over and over.”
He added he gives blood every chance he can. On average he gives three or four times a year, sometimes more.
“It feels good knowing it will help save lives,” Nonnenmacher said. “It's something I can do and it makes a difference. When I feel good enough, I give. It's always needed.”
Nonnenmacher is also a life member of Texas #4 Fire Company and a certified CPR pro through Wayne Memorial. He is also a former paper boy for The Wayne Independent.
The American Red Cross, the Honesdale Rotary and Bold Gold Media joined forces to host the annual drive.
There were door prizes awarded throughout the day and a grand prize that was a two-night Mountain Escape for four at Woodloch Pines Resort.
Red Cross Communications Program Manager Colin Riccobon said a good amount of people pre-registered for the drive. He said even though the blood drive is a fun competition, everyone is a winner.
“The more people who come out and donate, the more units we get, especially during the winter,” he said. “We have to make sure we have it [blood] when it's needed.”
Riccobon stated it's a collaborative effort.
“The community wants to help make a difference,” he said. “They're giving patients hope who need blood.”
He added donors are everyday heros.
“Everyone has a different story for why they're donating,” Riccobon stated. “The need is constant.”
He encouraged everyone to find a time that works and make an appointment to donate blood.
“The only place we can manufacture blood is the human body, said Mikki Uzupes, news director for Bold Gold Media. “For the American Red Cross this is critical. This is a way for Bold Gold to help the community.
“The people who come out to donate are the most important part of blood drives.”
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call -800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information.
All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.
High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.