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Canyon Lake resident reaches blood donation milestone

Susan Gamble is pictured here giving blood during the COVID pandemic. Photo provided by Susan Gamble.

Canyon Lake resident Susan Gamble recently donated blood for the 32nd time, which is equivalent to donating four gallons of blood.

While in college, Gamble served as a Red Cross blood drive volunteer. In 1995, she mustered up the courage to donate blood for the first time. She also registered for the National Marrow Donor Program, a global leader in bone marrow transplantation that connects patients with their donors for a life-saving marrow or blood stem cell transplant. 

Gamble served as a Red Cross volunteer as part of the disaster action team from 1994 until 2008. She retired when she gave birth to her twin boys.

Gamble donated blood after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and during the COVID pandemic. While on vacation in Thailand in 2004, Gamble donate a pint of blood for the survivors of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

“I will continue to donate blood until my health or age doesn’t allow me to donate anymore,” Gamble said. “I donate because every donation saves three lives. There is no easier way to give the gift of life.”

Gamble plans to donate blood again in August.

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