Later this month on the networks of CNY Central, we will be introducing you to several seemingly ordinary people who have stepped up in extraordinary ways, demonstrating real courage to save lives in our community.
Wednesday morning, 33 heroes were honored and 12 acts of heroism were recognized at the annual Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast at the Oncenter in Downtown Syracuse.
We are honored to share their stories.
A mong those recognized is Jack Miller, who has served the Auburn community for more than 60 years.
Miller started giving blood in 1950, and continued for 39 years until he became the Blood Services Coordinator for the American Red Cross of Cayuga County. In that role, he coordinates a blood drive at the United Methodist Church in Auburn each month.
That drive has come to be known as "Jack's Drive."
"They recognize me on the phone, out in the street, in the shop. They say, 'Oh, you're Jack that calls me,??" Jack says.
"Jack's Drive" usually brings in about 100 donors who give about one pint of blood on average, each month.
According to the Red Cross, one pint of blood can help save up to 3 lives. Factoring this into its equation, t he Red Cross estimates "Jack's Drive" saves 3,600 lives each year. Since the drive started, 86,400 lives have been touched as a direct result of Jack??s volunteerism.
Jack says he will continue to serve as long as his health -- and his wife, Dorothy, or "Dot" -- allow him to.
Jack and Dot have been married for 63 years, as long as he??s served the Red Cross.