URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) – Every other Wednesday morning, Dave Dermott walks into Community Blood Services of Illinois. He’s there to donate, but his donation also comes with a bonus.
“I call it my free movie day,” he says. Dermott’s “movie day” started years ago. He donated blood for the first time in his early 20s when his church held a blood drive.
“As time progressed I gave more and more and it became more and more important to me,” says Dermott. Donating eventually led to donating platelets, a process that takes about two hours.
“They didn’t have a lot of takers right away, well they knew me so they got all over me so I said I’ll do it once,” he says. Dermott now calls himself fanatical, “I’m disappointed if I’m not here every two weeks.” But you could also call him a life saver. “I do it now because not everyone can, and not everyone does,” says Dermott.
He says he watched as blood transfusions helped his grandfather, who battled a form of anemia. He also learned transfusions helped other members of his family. “I had two cousins who had breast cancer, that’s why all the pink … They said both of them had had transfusions, usually platelets, and that it gave them probably six months more.”
That’s what Dermott hopes will make people donate, because just a couple of hours of your time could be life saving for someone else.
Dermott is reaching a milestone this spring. He’ll have donated 50 gallons of blood.
If you want to start donating, you can do it with us. Our Gift of Life Blood Drive honoring Dave Benton and Robert Reese is on Thursday, December 28. We’ll have locations in Urbana, Danville, Springfield, Decatur and Mattoon. You can donate from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.