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Hometown Hero: Broome County Man 40 Years of Blood Donation Has Helped Countless Lives


Forty years is a long time to donate blood to the American Red Cross, yet that is exactly how long David Brewer has been committed to the cause. And that is why he is this week's Serafini Nissan-Volvo Hometown Hero.

The Red Cross also honored Dave with its Blood Donor Award, which is presented to an individual who has helped save countless lives with blood donations. 

David's first donation was in the 1970's when he was a student at what was then Broome Community College.

The Red Cross was holding a blood drive in the Student Union and David saw it as an opportunity to do something good for someone else. He even, as he puts it, "conned fellow students into joining him." 

As his college life came to an end, David's dedication to donating blood did not.

Whenever he was eligible, he would step up to the plate to donate more. When Power Red donations were first introduced, David gladly accepted; this has been his method of donating ever since.

Power Red is similar to a whole blood donation, except a special machine is used to allow you to safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation.

Over the years, David has donated 129 pints (the equivalent of 16 gallons) and, most importantly, he has saved at least 387 lives. His blood has helped people across the country in places like Utica, Jamestown, St. Louis, Stanford University, and Johns Hopkins.

 When David's wife was diagnosed with cancer, he saw, first hand, how blood donations can prolong lives.

David is fully committed to helping save lives and will continue to make donating blood a part of his life-long journey.

In his own words, "what is donating a small amount of blood and an hour or two when you can give someone a little more time to spend with someone they love?"