Inside the Red Cross offices in Nashville, where success in the daily
mission is literally measured in blood, one man can motivate even
veteran staff members to give one more time.
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Because it’s hard to resist the example set by Nathan Baker.
60-year-old Madison man has given more blood than anyone else in a
70-county area that includes most of Tennessee and Kentucky and parts of
Illinois and Missouri. He also happens to work out of the Nashville Red
Cross office as a roving teacher, speaking about the life-or-death
importance of blood donation in hundreds of classrooms each year.
So what does it take to be the No. 1 donor?
recently let nurses prick his forearm for the 500th time, a
one-of-a-kind accomplishment in the region that has yielded some 63
gallons of blood. The average human body contains up to 1.5 gallons.
Red Cross records say that’s more than anyone else — a coveted title
that feeds a competitive urge — and a testament to Baker’s consistent
giving since his first timid trip to the donation chair, 41 years
earlier, as a freshman at Trevecca Nazarene University.
Read the full story at Tennessean.com.
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