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Edward Rothrock of Greensboro made his 600th blood platelet donation Monday morning at the Winston-Salem Red Cross.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Edward Rothrock of Greensboro made his 600th blood platelet donation Monday morning at the Winston-Salem Red Cross.

Rothrock has been donating platelets every two weeks since 1991. Prior to that, he donated whole blood for 20 years.

Rothrock said he does not like needles, but he recognizes the value in his contributions.

"I feel good doing it. And the blood gets filtered and everything like the oil in your car, and I'm knowing I'm helping people. That's very satisfactory," he explained.

Platelets help blood clot and are vital in organ transplants, chemotherapy and radiation, according to the American Red Cross.

Rothrock said he first began donating blood and platelets to honor his cousin, who died of Leukemia at a young age.

"I said if I could ever do anything to help other people, I would," he said.

Rockroth has made 600 blood platelet donations at the Winston-Salem Red Cross, but his total number of whole blood and platelet donations is actually more than 700. He said he every time he travels, he stops to give blood. He said he has donated in nine states, from North Carolina to Hawaii.

Outside of giving blood, Rothrock said he enjoys working as a member of the Marine Corps League. He said he helped build the Carolina Field of Honor. He also is an assistant deacon at Lawndale Baptist Church.

The American Red Cross said the maximum number of platelet donations someone can give is 24 per year. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule a donation appointment.

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