Waco: Central Texan Donates 286th Pint of Blood

By: Vincent Crivelli Email
By: Vincent Crivelli Email

WACO (March 6, 2014) The Red Cross estimates that one pint of blood can save up to three lives, which means Arnold Kasberg has potentially saved over 850 lives, and that is why a special blood drive was held in his honor earlier today.

"Today was my 286 pint," said blood donor, Arnold Kasberg.

That is over 35 gallons of blood donated, which puts Arnold Kasberg in a class of his own.

"I wasn't trying to set a record it just makes you feel good," said Kasberg.

Giving blood has become a part of life for Kasberg.

"Like it was a habit or eating," said Kasberg.

Kasberg has been donating blood every 57-62 days for over the last 60 years.

"I have been working with the Red Cross for several years now and that is the first time I encountered somebody in the 35 gallon club," said American Red Cross Coordinator, Jessica Amaro.

Donating blood is a family affair for the Kasbergs who have helped save over 1,000 lives according to the red cross.

"It's a good feeling after you give, I mean you would think that you are drained, but your not, its just a good feeling knowing that you helped somebody," said Arnold Kasberg's son, Mike.

There is a constant need for blood for those afflicted with disease.
"I know what it is for a cancer patient to have blood," said Kasberg.

In fact Kasberg saw a number of his family members undergo blood transfusion due to illness.

"My mother died at 65 of cancer, my stepmother died at about 70 of cancer, my wife died 14 months ago of cancer," said Kasberg.

Having a blood type of O-Negative makes Kasberg a universal donor.

"If you have O-Negative please give or any type. the Red Cross needs your now more than ever," said Kasberg

Being over 80 years old doesn't slow Kasberg down.

"As long as I'm healthy I'll donate it, as long as they will take it, I don't care what age it is," said Kasberg.

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