Jeff Lukow visits MKBC to donate blood 6 times per year. To date, he has donated nearly 13 gallons of this life-saving resource, although he rarely pays attention to the numbers. He doesn’t have a personal story tied to the need for blood. He has never received a blood transfusion. Nor has he had a family member or friend impacted by the need for blood. He simply does it because it is needed. Jeff’s pride does not come from how many gallons he has personally donated, but rather that blood donation has become a rite of passage in his family. His children – Amanda, Jonathan, Samantha, James, Brandon and Leslie – counted the days until their 17th birthdays, so that they could join their father on his next visit to the Blood Center. Jeff’s example to his family has encouraged them to contribute to the community by becoming blood donors at an early age, instilling in them the habit and commitment of becoming a life-long blood donor.