Auburn man donates blood, manages monthly blood drive to save lives

Jack Miller has coordinated blood drives in Auburn since 1989, and is the Red Cross Real Hero Blood Donor award winner for 2013

Jack Miller believes in the life-saving power of blood donation, and heâ??s working to make sure that thousands are involved in his personal campaign.

Miller has been a blood donor since 1950, and since 1989, heâ??s also been a Blood Services Coordinator for the Red Cross in Cayuga County.

Itâ??s much more than a title: he manages what Auburn area residents call â??Jackâ??s Drive,â?? a monthly blood drive at the Auburn United Methodist Church. Heâ??s on the phone, urging people to come in, and gets an average 100 donors at each session.

Do the math: 100 donors a month adds up to 12-hundred donors a year, with each donation providing enough blood and blood products to save three lives. Thatâ??s 36-hundred lives saved annually, or 86,400 whoâ??ve received life-saving blood for 63 years.

For his outreach efforts, Jack Miller is this yearâ??s Red Cross Real Hero Blood Donor

award recipient.

The Real Heroes stories are produced jointly by CNYCentral and YNN. Read more about this yearâ??s awards, and see the stories by searching â??Red Cross Real Heroes 2013â??