June 29, 2009

Woman, 90, donates 200th pint of blood

A 90-year-old California woman has donated her 200th pint of blood -- that's 25 gallons -- since she got her start as a donor in 1954.

Margaret Delfino of Bakersfield, a great-grandmother, said she briefly stopped donating in 2001 when she had ovarian cancer, but she starting giving blood again five years later when her doctors declared her cancer-free, CNN reported Monday.

Delfino said she brings her family to donate with her and she would like to increase the number of people in her area who give blood.

To think in Kern County that there are only 3 percent who give blood when there are so many who are able to donate, she said. It can mean the difference between life and death for some people.