90 and Never Too Old to Help Someone Else
Profile of a Hero
Who: Mr. Bertrand Remy, goes by Bert, of Somerset, MA. Served in the United States Army during the Korean war. Member of Veteran's of Foreign Wars (VFW) since 1954. Worked for General Motors for 18 years. Bert met the love of his life when he was 39 years old, and never thought he’d find someone that late in life. He and his wife are still going strong and have six grandchildren.
When: Born in 1927, Bert has been donating blood since before the RI Blood Center even existed. He stopped for a little while because he thought he was too old to give. Then he asked one of our staff members, who told him there is no upper age limit to giving. You just have to in overall good health. At 90 years old, he just received his 11-gallon blood donor mug.
What: Helps coordinate the blood drives at the VFW Post 5293 in Tiverton, RI. When they first started running blood drives years before the Rhode Island Blood Center began, they would get over 100 donors at one blood drive. When the Commander asked where they were getting all these guys to donate, Bert told them, “the local bars.” Of course, he was kidding.
Why: He started donating blood when a friend’s wife needed it many years ago.
In His Own Words:
“I’ve always said donating blood is like getting an oil change for your body instead of your car. I’m in excellent health and don’t take anything but vitamins. I sleep well at night, too.” Even if he did take medications, most are safe to donate blood while taking. “I wish more people would give. There’s nothing to it. I just got my daughter back into it again!”
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you, Mr. Remy, not only for your service to our country, but also your continued service to help someone else in need of life-saving blood.