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Mar 14, 2016 5:46 PM

Everyday Heroes: NH's Bruce Moran has donated enough blood to help save more than 700 people

MANCHESTER - Bruce Moran received two purple hearts for his service in Vietnam. Wounded on the field, he needed emergency blood transfusions to survive. That’s when the 73-year-old learned how important it is to donate life-saving blood for the next person who’s in need.

“You are so grateful to even be alive,” said Moran, who is being recognized by the American Red Cross NH Chapter for being an Everyday Hero.

Bruce has been donating blood since he was 16 years old. Over the decades, he’s donated more than 83 gallons of blood and he’s made 442 platelet donations. Incredibly, he’s helped to save the lives of more than 700 people.

“He wants to help his fellow human beings," American Red Cross spokesperson, Mary Brant said. "He’s also seen a lot on the battlefield and those two things come together to make him look at this as a way to give back.”

Along with a group of military veterans, Bruce donates blood and platelets at the NH Blood Center in Manchester. He also travels around the Granite State speaking to groups about the urgent need for donating blood because less than 10 percent of the American population donates.

“To save the life of another human being is the most noble and meaningful activity a person could do for another," Moran said. "That’s why I do it."

Bruce is among the Everyday Heroes from New Hampshire who is being recognized at an awards ceremony Wednesday at Southern New Hampshire University. NH1 News is proud to be participating in the special event.

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