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Blood donor continues giving blood to save lives

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Mel Flick donates blood every two to three months.

"Well it's no big chore," Flick said.

Flick says he does it because it could save someone's live.

"There's always somebody, somewhere that needs it," Flick said.

Mel's son was one of the SWAT team State Patrol officers shot and hurt in an Alliance pharmacy stand off in June.

Flick says the incident only continued his need to donate blood.

"I think possibly it might help somebody, especially some kid that might be hurt in an accident," Flick said.

Mel says he has a popular blood type, but because it's so popular there's more of a need for donors.

"But because of people needing that type of blood, it's important that they have many on stock," Flick said.

Flick says he'll continue to donate as long as he's allowed to.

"I think some of the restrictions have been relaxed a little, and the age limit. I don't remember what the age limit is anymore," Flick said.

But one thing Mel knows for sure is as long as there's demand, he'll supply, to help save someone else's life.

"Do it, it doesn't hurt and you'll feel a little bit better about it. You might save somebody's life," Flick said.

Mel's visits to Regional West leave him with less blood, but always give him a smile.

"The girls are nice, and friendly. And just come on over and give blood," Flick said.

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