Every 2 Weeks Mailman Sneaks Away For 2 Hours. 34 Years Later, Truth Makes Headlines
ShareTap Staff 8/9/2017
For 34 years, Marcos Perez has been a dedicated postman in South Texas. While he has spent his life delivering the mail, he has been saving countless lives, too.
While "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," nothing will stop Marcos from his life's mission to help others in a very selfless way. In fact, every two weeks for those same 34 years, Marcos has spent two hours at the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donating blood.
He specifically donates platelets, a blood component that enables him to donate more often. Because Marcos has been such a loyal donor, he was recently honored for surpassing the 100-gallon mark, saving thousands of lives.
Marco is the fourth person in South Texas to reach that impressive milestone and only the second in San Antonio. Marcos donates not just because it's the right thing to do, he said, but because of what happened to him years ago.
When his own life hung in the balance, someone stepped in, donated blood and saved Marcos. In fact, Marcos remains in touch with the man who donated and saved his life. He feels very strongly about donating.
"They might live an extra day, a year, a month, who knows. Maybe they will live forever. Somebody needs these platelets, and there's no platelets on the shelf."
Roger Ruiz, a corporate communications specialist for the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), called Marcos the "all star" of donating. He said he's saved patients enduring cancer treatments, patients involved in car accidents and people with blood disorders.
Family members and staff at the center recently threw a party to celebrate Marcos' big milestone. He was honored and humbled. He also noted that in the amount of time it takes to watch a movie, a person can donate. "Give from the heart."