LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Joe Maher of Turner has always been driven to help people.
Raising a large family, he never had much money to donate. Instead, he decided to give blood. He started doing that more than 40 years ago and has now surpassed a remarkable milestone.
Maher arrived at the blood donor center at Central Maine Medical Center on Wednesday for what’s become a regularly occurring appointment.
“This will be 501,” he said.
That’s right — Maher has donated blood more than 500 times. He is one of only a handful of people in New England to reach that milestone. He started in college and never stopped.
“Then it was 100, and 150, and it just – I’m kind of surprised it got to 500,” he said.
His trips to the hospital average out to be about once a month. He spends a couple hours of his day there and gets nothing in …