AIKEN - Aiken resident Gordon Lewis has donated blood in six states since moving to the United States from Canada in 1995.

But the real story is how much blood he has given over the years. Overall, he has donated nearly 40 gallons of blood in his life, and with his 81st birthday approaching on Jan. 1, he plans to continue.

In an interview with the Aiken Standard, Lewis sported two pieces of donor memorabilia: A hat from Shepeard Community Blood Center in Aiken and a plaque awarded by Florida Blood Services commemorating his 25-gallon benchmark in the state.

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