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Frankfort Man Remains

Committed to Being a Blood Donor

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Thirty-five years and 45 blood donations later, Frankfort resident Keith Wilson can confidently make a guarantee.

“I’ll remain committed to performing this service throughout my life,” the 53-year-old Frankfort resident said. “It’s a good thing to do. It’s an easy way to help others.”

Keith’s first donation occurred during his senior year at Quigley South High School in Chicago. A drive was taking place at the school and Keith decided to not only donate but also volunteer his time for blood drive.

“I’ve pretty much been donating ever since,” he said. “I continued to donate even while in college and in dental school.”

Wilson is a regular at LifeSource’s community donor center in Orland Park, 11120 W. 179th St. He donated there on three occasions in 2016.

“I really like the staff there,” he said. “They do a great job and always make me feel comfortable.”

Keith said he became interested in donating blood after writing a paper in high school on Dr. Charles Drew. A physician and surgeon, Dr. Drew’s research led him to develop better techniques for storing blood. During World War II, Drew recruited approximately 100,000 blood donors and the donations helped save the lives of thousands of soldiers. Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Drew and other key African American men and women who, throughout history, have made an impact in not only the medical and health industries, but also the world of blood donation.

“As an African American who was thinking about going into medicine, I was very inspired [by Dr. Drew],” Keith said.

Keith went on to pursue a career in dentistry and received his doctorate of dental surgery degree in 1997. He is now a dentist with Advanced Family Dental & Orthodontics.

Longtime LifeSource donor Keith Wilson (right) and his wife, Denise, pose for a photo with former Chicago Bears defensive back Shaun Gayle at a LifeSource blood drive.

Longtime LifeSource donor Keith Wilson (right) and his wife, Denise, pose for a photo with former Chicago Bears defensive back Shaun Gayle at a LifeSource blood drive.

In addition to being a loyal blood donor with LifeSource, Keith has also done some recruiting as he encouraged his wife, Denise, to donate. Denise has become a regular donor, he said.

Keith has also organized a handful of blood drives at Holy Angels Church in Chicago.

“We did a few drives at the church and they were pretty successful,” he said. “It’s something I’d like to do again soon because the need [for blood products] is always there.”

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