Military veteran donates blood after surviving near-fatal crash
WARWICK, R.I. —
The NBC 10 Cares Summer Blood Drive was held on Monday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick.
While there, Army veteran Greg Reynolds celebrated his seventh "alive day." It's a military term.
"It means the day that you were not supposed to live, so the chance that you get to live life again after your 'alive day' is something that happens to you that you're not making it out of," Reynolds.
Yet, he was not injured while serving in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, although bullets and explosives came close.
It was while he was on his motorcycle on June 22 seven years ago. He lost an arm and severed a main artery.
He was given a one in 2000 chance of survival.
"That equals .0005, so that was very highly unlikely even to survive," Reynolds told Health Check 10 Reporter Barbara Morse Silva, who hosted the drive. "But, my recovery was even less than that. So, to be here with you right now is just remarkable."
In order to survive he needed 101 pints of blood.
Every "alive day," he donates blood. This year, he chose the NBC 10 News blood drive.
His story attracted new donors.
"I came out here to support Greg Reynolds," said one woman.
The event was going well until a power outage and subsequent fire alarms at the Crowne Plaza. It led to a delay of almost two hours.
Still, many people waited, including Pat Pilosa.
"I waited because I'm doing this in memory of my son," Pilosa said. "He passed away a year ago in July. He needed 17 blood infusions, which he got from the (Rhode Island) Blood Center, so this is my way of giving back."
The event garnished 262 donations.
Everyone who donated received a $5 Dunkin Donuts gift card and was entered to win tickets to see the band Boston at the Mohegan Sun.