Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Joining the 40 Gallon Club

Think about it: how long would it take you to give 40 gallons of blood a pint at a time?

Try 25 years.

Our own Brad Gurney did just that. For the past 25 or so years, every 6 weeks, Brad has given the maximum amount of blood he can to the local Dallas blood bank. In fact, he’s been giving for so long, the name of the organization has changed several times during that span.

“It’s now called Carter Blood Care,” Brad told us recently. “When I started giving I gave because I have a rare blood type, O Negative.”

“I never realized that I would be giving so much or for so long,” Brad said.

It is quite an accomplishment and an important one. Since the average car accident victim can require as much as 100 pints of blood, it is important to have the blood supply at the ready.

“Every two seconds in America, someone in the US needs blood,” Brad added. “And of the 300 million US citizens, less than 10 million of us give blood in a year. This compares to the 5 million patients who need blood each year. We could fall short.”

We’re proud of Brad’s accomplishment and his work as a first responder. If you would like to learn more about giving blood, please visit the Carter Blood website or give us a call hear at American Receivable (972-404-4726).

The American Receivable Team

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