Blood donation center staffs to celebrate Qu Zhengan's 60 year-old birthday (Photo: Chinanews.com)
At a blood donation center in Central China's Henan Province, Qu Zhenan, better known as Uncle Qu, celebrated his 60th birthday with friends and staff members, according to China News Service.
"Donating blood that can come back to save lives that won't” is the slogan that pushed Qu to donate blood 184 times in a period spanning two decades. His birthday marked his last donation as China’s laws mandate that a blood donor cannot be over the age of 60.
Many of Qu’s friends were on hand to witness Qu’s final blood gift. The circle of friends met over their common devotion of giving blood to local blood bank.
Qu still remembers his first time. In October 1998, after his company shut down, he found himself fresh out of a job and wound up wandering the streets aimlessly until one day he saw a line of people standing outside of a blood drive truck.
“Although I was out of a job, I still felt the need to do something for society and decided to donate my blood and help others,” he said.
After three attempts to stick a needle in his arm nurses were unable to hit the right vein. Fortunately, they succeeded two days later. Qu became a frequent visitor and grew familiar with those who worked at the blood center.
“Today will be the last time for me to give blood. I will take it as a special birthday gift for myself,” Qu said.
Although he did not reach his original goal of 200 blood donations, Qu said he will work to raise blood drive awareness and inspire others to donate.