Robert Boesch has been giving blood since the 1970s. It all began when the wife of his coworker needed blood transfusions. To date, Robert has donated well over 100 times! Then life threw him a curveball.

Over Labor Day weekend last year, Robert came down with COVID-19. While he didn’t experience a fever, he began taking aspirin every three hours for the next few days to help relieve his muscle aches. That was followed by a persistent cough for two weeks.

Thankfully, Robert fully recovered from the virus and decided to give his plasma, or CCP, to help others fight COVID-19. “I feel like at least I’m being part of a solution and not part of the problem. I just want to help others as much as I can,” he said.

Robert said that he plans to donate his CCP for as long as his antibody count meets the threshold requirement. He appreciates the work the Blood Bank of Hawaii is doing and encouraged the staff by saying, “I hope you hang in there and keep up the good work.” Our work is only made possible by the incredibly dedicated donors like Robert.