SWAMPSCOTT, Mass. (WHDH) -
Boston Marathon bombing survivor Dic Donohue made an appearance at a blood drive in Swampscott despite a medical condition preventing him from donating.
"It's great to come and thank the people, whether it's their first time of 50th time, to come out and give blood because I'm a major blood recipient and it's one of the defining reasons why I'm alive today," Donohue said.
Donohue was shot in the leg during a shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in Watertown and blood donations saved his life.
"Show my face and let people know they're making a difference is a good feeling for me and for them," Donohue said.
The event was organized by the Swampscott Police Department and the American Red Cross.
It's during the time of the year when donations can really help. Jeff Meyer, CEO of the American Red Cross in Mass. and Conn. said that the summer time is a real challenge for the organization because more people are going on vacation. The 100 Days of Summer 100 Days of Hope campaign encourages people to pick a day and donate blood.
"We figured we'd band together as a brotherhood, host the blood drive in the ongoing support of blood donations," said Swampscott Detective Ted Delano. "Officer Donohue's event is an example of what an amazing thing it is to give blood and save a life."