A 75-year-old Mountain View man hit a personal milestone when he made his 600th blood donation at the Stanford Blood Center Monday afternoon, Aug. 20.
David "Mitch" Mitchell has been donating blood since he was 17 years old and serving in the U.S. Air Force, according to the blood center.
Mitchell donates blood components such as platelets through a specialized two-hour process that allows him to donate as many as 24 times a year. Whole-blood donors are limited to about six donations per year, center officials said.
Mitchell is one of only four donors -- along with Eric Buhr, Linda Johnson and Dick Tagg -- who have given blood more than 500 times to the Stanford Blood Center.
"Someone with a loved one who needs blood would offer every vein in their body," he said. "Well, there are a lot of people out there who need blood and don't have anyone to help, so I do what I can."
The Stanford Blood Center is located at 780 Welch Road, Suite 100, in Palo Alto. More information about the blood center and how to donate can be found at Stanford Blood Center.