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Coshocton resident donates 35 gallons of blood

| November 29, 2017

COSHOCTON – Robert Clark of Coshocton has reached an impressive milestone that many will never achieve in their lifetime. Over the span of 67 years, Clark has donated 35 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross.

“I started on Sept. 11, 1950 when the train wreck happened in West Lafayette,” said Clark. “I was working for the Clow Corporation at the time and they let us off at 2:00 to give blood because they needed a lot of blood that day.”

He is one of the first 35-gallon donors in the state of Ohio, which is impressive given that only about three percent of the population actually donates blood.

In recognition of his achievement, Clark was awarded a pin from the American Red Cross.

In a letter from the American Red Cross, it states, “We simply can’t thank you enough for your generous contribution to help patients and families during a time of need. You’re an everyday hero to us and so many.”

Approximately one pint of blood is taken during each blood donation that can potentially save up to three lives. Given that statistic, Clark has potentially saved up to 840 lives around the country.

Clark goes every two months to donate blood and said he doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon.

“I’m 89 years old, but I’m going to keep going,” he said.

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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