For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Marie Walter’s O Negative blood type is rare, but even rarer is the achievement that she will give blood for the 100th time at a blood drive Aug. 3 at her senior living community Stoney River Assisted Living in Marshfield.
“I’m very excited to donate blood again next week,” said the 89-year-old Walter, who made her first donation at age 25 in her hometown of Loyal. “Being a universal donor, blood centers always call on me to give. It’s just a part of life, and I feel good doing it.”
A representative from the Blood Center of Wisconsin estimated that Walter has impacted about 300 lives through red blood, platelets, and plasma from her donations, which have totaled roughly 100 pints of blood.
Walter’s milestone donation has inspired many of Stoney River’s residents and team members to roll up their sleeves and donate as well.
“We are all so moved by Marie’s 100th donation that many of us are signing up to donate in her honor,” said Stoney River Lifestyle Specialist Sarah Krenn.
According to the American Red Cross, there is no upper age limit on blood donation. To be eligible, a donor must be in good general health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 16 years old.
The public is invited to donate at the drive held in conjunction with the Blood Center of Wisconsin Aug. 3 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Stoney River Assisted Living, 1204 W. McMillan St. in Marshfield. All donors will receive one ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair. Appointments are required and can be made by calling Sarah Krenn at 715-502-4522.