Don Smith and Kaitlin Keane

Don Smith and Kaitlin Keane

Don Smith and Kaitlin Keane

Don Smith and Kaitlin Keane

April 11, 2018, was a special day for Woodford County donor Don Smith. He was making his 100th donation, an accomplishment in which he took great pride. However, he didn't realize just how special the trip to KBC would be. When he arrived at Beaumont Donor Center, he was surprised to see his granddaughter, Kaitlin Keane, who had driven from Louisville not only to be there for Don's milestone but also to become a blood donor herself. Don started donating in the early 1960s and continued doing so occasionally. When he learned he had been one of 14 people whose donations were supporting a specific cancer patient, that spurred him to start donating regularly. He now donates platelets every two weeks. When Kaitlin learned of her grandfather's dedication, she decided to commemorate the occasion with a family party, complete with blood donation-themed cookies. But first, she was inspired to turn Don's example into a family tradition. "If he could do it 100 times, I could do it one time," Kaitlin said. Don Smith, Woodford Co., and Kaitlin Keane, Louisville Blood donors
Kentucky Blood Center
2018-04-30T09:19:00-04:00
Don Smith and Kaitlin Keane
April 11, 2018, was a special day for Woodford County donor Don Smith. He was making his 100th donation, an accomplishment in which he took great pride. However, he didn't realize just how special the trip to KBC would be. When he arrived at Beaumont Donor Center, he was surprised to see his granddaughter, Kaitlin Keane, who had driven from Louisville not only to be there for Don's milestone but also to become a blood donor herself. Don started donating in the early 1960s and continued doing so occasionally. When he learned he had been one of 14 people whose donations were supporting a specific cancer patient, that spurred him to start donating regularly. He now donates platelets every two weeks. When Kaitlin learned of her grandfather's dedication, she decided to commemorate the occasion with a family party, complete with blood donation-themed cookies. But first, she was inspired to turn Don's example into a family tradition. "If he could do it 100 times, I could do it one time," Kaitlin said. Don Smith, Woodford Co., and Kaitlin Keane, Louisville Blood donors
KENTUCKY BLOOD CENTER