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Mark learned about the life-saving benefits of plasma donations when he served in the Marine Corps during the Gulf War. In May 2016 he read that an Octapharma Plasma donation centre had opened nearby. A single father, he began donating at the centre to help others while also earning money which he could put toward his daughter’s confirmation.
To reach his donation centre Mark travels by bus on a two-hour round trip. Including time for the donation process, each trip takes him about three hours. Originally, since it was such a time commitment, Mark planned only to donate until after his daughter’s confirmation. However, he decided to continue donating once he learned how many people could benefit from his regular donations. To this day Mark still makes the three-hour trip to donate twice every week.
Mark donates plasma because it helps give patients medicines that can change their lives. He says: “Plasma isn’t made in a lab, and this is an easy way for me to help others. Donating plasma is one of my favourite ways of giving back.”