On Tuesday, Jan. 10, 61-year-old Montgomery resident Glenn Speight became the 23rd blood donor in the Texas Gulf Coast region to reach the 100-gallon donation mark. Speight has been donating for more than 30 years and on Tuesday, made his 800th donation.
“I first donated with my dad because a friend of his needed blood,” Speight said. “The donor center staff asked me to come back – before that I’d never thought of donating blood as a regular thing. I’ve seen firsthand how blood donations help save lives, and I’ve just made a habit of donating.”
In his 30-plus years of donating, Speight has helped save countless lives in our community, and he’s now part of three generations of giving, as his own son is a blood donor too. Speight usually donates platelets– a blood component that is often used to help cancer patients. Because the body produces platelets faster than other blood components, they can be given frequently – every seven days up to 24 times a year – which allowed Speight to accrue an incredible record of giving.
Last year, Speight, an Operations Manager at CenterPoint Energy, made it his goal to reach the 100-gallon donation mark before either he – or his longtime boss – retired. CenterPoint Energy is a big supporter of saving lives through blood donations, hosting nearly 200 blood drives with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center every year. When Speight made his 100-gallon donation, friends, family, co-workers, Blood Center staff, and his boss all gathered at the Bill T. Teague Neighborhood Donor Center to help celebrate.