Two long-time Quincy blood donors reached the 50-pint milestone at last month’s community blood drive.
To acknowledge their achievement, Vitalant awarded Bill Whitcher and Karen Stockton their 50-pint pins. According to community blood drive coordinator Susan Christensen, “This is really something because even donors who give blood regularly rarely get to the point these two have.”
Bill Whitcher is a something of a fixture at the Quincy blood drives. He usually arrives early for his every-three-months’ noon appointment on the first day of the two-day drives. “I’m surprised Bill doesn’t beat me to the drive,” says Christensen. “He’s always the first one through the door once we unlock it to get things started.”
Whitcher received his 50-pint pin from Vitalant representative Liesa Diaz on Dec. 7 after donating his 50th pint of blood.
Karen Stockton has been a blood donor since age 18. Though she and husband Richard, also a blood donor, were especially busy this year managing their company’s response to Dixie Fire claims—they operate State Farm Insurance in Quincy—Karen found the time to donate blood at both the September and December drives.
Stockton’s December donation actually represented 52 pints donated over the years. “Karen already has a leg up on earning her next one,” states Christensen, who gave Stockton her 50-pint pin at the State Farm office on Dec. 15.
“It would be impossible to calculate how many lives Bill and Karen may have saved over the years,” Christensen adds. “They set the standard for giving a gift that has immeasurable benefits to, not just their own community, but to people throughout the Vitalant service area who depend on people like Bill and Karen for the life-saving blood they need. I’m proud to know them.”