For nearly two decades, Father Bobby Olaguer regularly donates blood to government and private hospitals at least twice a year. It has been his commitment since his younger brother died of leukemia more than 20 years ago.
The 60-something chaplain of the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) and the parish priest of Ina ng Awa Parish in Muntinlupa City said donating blood has become his way of life.
“My first blood recipient was my brother who was then confined in a hospital due to leukemia. He passed away in 1984. Since then I really go out of my way to donate blood whenever a relative or friend needs them,” he told Life Lessons.
Fr. Bob, who only takes a carbonated drink after every blood extraction and drives home after an hour of rest, said he’d probably donated three to four gallons of blood.
“Naka-center ang mass sa Eucharist, which is blood…and blood donation extends life,” he said.
Fr. Bob intends to donate blood for as long as he is capable of helping other people.
“This is the greatest act performed by Jesus Christ figuratively, literally and sacramentally,” he said.
June 14 is World Blood Donor Day.