Longtime Blind Blood Donor Shares Why He Gives Back

Craig Lynch has been blind since birth, but that hasn’t prevented him from seeing the importance of blood donation.

He first started donating back in 2001, when his employer held blood drives every six months. He was inspired after 9/11 to help others.

“We all are looking for some way to contribute,” Craig says. “God laid it on my heart to give blood. When I started doing it, I realized how easy it was and that it’s not much of an effort.”

His blindness has not slowed him down in other aspects of life, either. Craig spent years as a Cubs Radio Reporter and loyal fan. He says the disability is manageable.

“If I was going to pick a disability, blindness would be the one I’d pick up,” he says. “There are challenges and there are frustrations. I’m not going to say there aren’t. But when you’ve lived 71 years, you learn to adapt.”

Since 2001, Craig has donated more than 4 gallons. He continues to give as often as he can.

“The Lord puts it on my heart to help,” Craig says. “I know there’s a need. There’s a constant need for blood.”

If you are healthy and feeling well, we encourage you to make an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org to donate.

Written by Hannah Allton, Regional Communications Manager

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