Ashland Man is a Blood Saving Super Hero

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ASHLAND- Patrick Lee is your ordinary working man from Ashland, but every 56 days, he helps save lives. On October 5th, Patrick made his 160th blood donation. This earned him a 20 gallon pin from the American Red Cross.

Patrick began this process 43 years ago when he made his very first donation as a freshman at the University of Missouri. Now he donates as often as possible, which is every 56 days. He said he doesn't have a personal connection to anyone who needs blood, but he knows the importance of donating blood.

Patrick thinks this is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to help others and he is always encouraging others to give. Now he has a pin to commemorate his 20 gallons he has donated to also help show his four decade long act of service. Very few donors reach the level of 20 gallons of blood and Patrick wishes many others wanted to reach this goal.

The University of Missouri is holding its annual Homecoming blood drive, but with all the recent natural disasters, it is trying to obtain a record amount of pints. Luke Carter, a freshman at MU, said his first time donating blood went well and appreciates Mizzou's blood drive as a convenient way to help others. The blood drive goes through Thursday evening at 7 o'clock.