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Couple travels across the nation to donate blood in each state

James Parker James Parker
Linda Parker Linda Parker

By Cindy Cha - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Four years ago, a couple embarked on a journey across the U.S. to donate blood in every state.

Their quest brings them here, the final stop in their mission.

James and Linda Parker have spent a good part of their lives traveling, and donating the gift of life.

For the past four years, the Parkers have been on a mission to raise awareness of the shortage of blood donors.

"People need to realize that if they wait for a need for the blood, it's too late to donate for the need," said Linda.

They began their journey in their home state of Kansas, and end here in the Aloha State.

The Parkers are donating blood platelets at Tripler Army Medical Center.

"We like to have our donations go to military hospitals where there's a need since we've donated at 49 other states for civilians, it would be nice if our donations be used for military as well," said James.

Throughout their mission, they have traveled close to 120,000 miles and spent more than $33,000. But they say money is secondary, as long as they get their story across.

"The story is the fact that nationwide, there is a shortage for blood products and a desperate need for new donors to come into the system especially young people, that's the story."

And even the busy holiday season isn't keeping them from completing their mission.

"Holiday times are when people tend to get busy and what they're doing with the holidays and it's leave time for service member so that's the time when the need goes up." said Linda.

A need the Parkers hope to fulfill.

The Parkers say Hawaii may be their last stop, but it won't be their last donation.

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