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June 1, 2013
Fla. man donates 100 gallons of blood
By Barbara Marshall
RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — He never looks as the needle goes in.
Even though he’s done this more than 400 times, Harold Mendenhall still doesn’t like to watch it sliding into the raised vein on the inside of his left arm.It doesn’t hurt, he just doesn’t like the visual. “Make sure you give me the sharp needle, not that square one,” he jokes to phlebotomist LaTonia Federick.
“They always compliment me on my veins,” he says. At the One Blood center on Northlake Boulevard in Lake Park, Mendenhall is a star. Last month, the 84-year-old reached a rare milestone. Since 1977, he has donated 100 gallons of blood.