Grand Junction man donates 18 gallons of blood throughout his life

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A Grand Junction man has saved lives for more than 50 years with his regular blood donations.

86-year-old Charles Dunlop has donated 18 gallons of blood throughout his life. Dunlop's blood-type is O-Negative, which is the universal blood type, so he's donated as much as he could for more than 40 years. Doctors finally told him that he could no longer donate when he got into his 70s.

"It's hard for me to say, I had an identical twin brother that needed blood in Arkansas. They had to fly it in from Las Vegas. He was O-Negative too. It's just, you got to give it in order to keep people going," said Charles Dunlop, Blood Donor.

Dunlop said that after his brother was in need of blood, he began donating. He was 18 years old.

If you would like to donate, you can visit St. Mary's Regional Blood Center, Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. The center is also open on Saturday 8:00 A.M. until Noon.

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