30-year-old blood donor bequeaths his late father

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — Maria Shuler started donating blood in college, inspired by her father.

“My dad was my, I guess, my encouragement. He always gave blood, he called it his oil change,” Shuler said.

Only 7% of the US population has type O-negative blood and even fewer are CMV negative.

Shuler and his father are those rare cases.

She said her father inspired and encouraged her to give blood because he always gave blood.

Shuler lost his father to cancer. Since then, she said she has donated 111 units of blood, which equals 14 gallons.

“Yeah, that’s a lot of blood. But you get it back. So, you know, it lightens up a little bit, it thins out a little bit, and you start all over again.

And with recent shortages, Red Cross workers are encouraging those who can donate blood to do so.

“In South Carolina, we need to collect 300 units a day,” said Meggin Heath, account manager at the American Red Cross. “So, you know, we want to see here in the Myrtle Beach area a good 50 to 60 a day. So it’s an everyday fight, we encourage people to come and see us every day.

WMBF News has partnered with the American Red Cross to hold two blood drives on Wednesday August 3 at the Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Circle and Magnolia Mall, 2701 David McLeod Boulevard in Florence.

Appointments are encouraged to reduce wait times. To schedule yours, use the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit redcrossblood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donors can also save time by completing RapidPass. With RapidPass, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer.

To complete a RapidPass, follow the instructions on the website by clicking here.

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