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‘Gift of Life’ giver donates gallons

Date Posted: 2004-08-05

Kikue Oyakawa has certainly set an admirable example to anyone to follow. Over the past 28 years, starting 1976, she has donated her blood over 231 times.

However, her remarkable career as a blood donator has come to an end as she recently turned 70, the age limit set by Japanese regulations.

Given a choice, she feels that she could go on. “I would like to continue as I am still healthy and I want to help,” she said recently.

She said that she got started when she lost her mother to an illness that a blood transfusion could possibly have cured. “My mother died in 1956. I was still young and doctors said that she could be saved if she could get blood. However, at that time there was no health insurance and blood was too expensive for us to afford. So she died. That was truly very sad,” she said.

That’s how she got the idea to start donating her blood regularly. “I decided to make sure on my part that no one would meet such a sad fate because there was no blood available. I urge every healthy person to donate their blood regularly, so we all can live safe,” Oyakawa stated.

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