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Zach has lived in Saskatoon for over 30 years. He said he always receive exceptional service from the staff at Canadian Plasma Resources. “Donating plasma has become a regular thing for me ever since I began to learn more about it, and what it can do for people that one day need Plasma.” Zach said.
Ralf Riedel has donated plasma 430 times. After escaping East Germany in 1989, Reidel settled in Austria where he still lives. He still works as a programmer for a 3-D-laser cutting line, producing prototypes for the automotive industry. He started donating plasma when the center in 1990s. When asked why he decided to become a donor, Riedel replied, “I always had a social attitude. While I would not describe myself as somebody with a helper’s syndrome, I am somebody who usually gives more than he asks back and when I discovered plasma donation I thought that was a great way to help other people without real discomfort.” Two other factors influenced his willingness to donate. As a climber and a former biker, he lost several good friends in accidents. Although, he was unable to help them, the idea that in his donation could contribute saving live was very encouraging. In addition, the birth of his daughter Romana in 1997 inspired him to contribute to something larger, so that in case his daughter might need a transfusion or a replacement therapy she might get it. With the investment of a few hours per donation for more than 20 years, Ralf Riedel has contributed to improving and to saving a multitude of lives. In his modest way, he has assumed responsibility for a larger cause and to help other people without getting anything in return.
Jerry is a 38-year old single father with four children who regularly donates plasma. “I donate because it gives me a sense of helping to contribute to those who need plasma,” he says. “Although my donation may be small to me, it is good to know that it may help save a life.” Jerry has personal experience with life-saving plasma protein therapies. In 1992 during Hurricane Andrew, Jerry was taking cover in his family’s garage when a gas can tipped over, spilled on him and ignited. He suffered second degree burns and received plasma products during his weeklong stay at the Miami Burn Center. Then in 2002, Jerry’s four young children were injured in a fiery car crash, sustaining serious burns. One son sustained second and third degree burns over 39% of his body. Another was injured with second degree burns over 11% of his body. A third son had third degree burns over 50% of his body. And, Jerry’s youngest son received the worst injuries with third degree burns over 69% of his body. The children were treated at Shriner’s Burn Unit in Galveston, Texas, where they received plasma protein therapies throughout their hospitalization and recovery time. The length of hospitalization for the children ranged from one to six months. The children are doing well now and are very active. Jerry has become a dedicated plasma donor. All four of his children visit the playroom at Austin Bio Med Lab, while Jerry donates his life-saving plasma. They enjoy coloring and playing with the other children in the playroom and have made many friends there. The center staff really enjoys having Jerry as a donor and appreciates having the chance to learn firsthand how their work helps save lives.”