William Chesser has served his entire life. He spent six years in the Army and fought in Korea. When he returned home, he obtained a bachelor’s degree from Troy University and worked as a probation and parole officer.
According to American Red Cross statistics, Chesser is among a small minority of Americans who donate blood. About 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time, but less than 10 percent give. Around 6.8 million Americans donate blood each year.
There is a significant demand for blood. The Red Cross estimates that every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. The average transfusion is around three pints. The most in-demand blood type is O, as this type of blood can be transfused into patients of any blood type.
Retired since 1993, Chesser volunteers with a local food bank and the Kiwanis Club in addition to donating to …