Arizona man makes 600th blood donation to honor promise to late wife

- A Phoenix man has donated blood 600 times since his wife died in 1989, saving nearly 1,200 lives.

James Van Dyne holds the record for the most donations in Arizona and is among the top ten in the country.

He became a donor after promising his wife that he would get his blood drawn every two weeks. Nearly 30 years later, he just made his 600th donation.

"I kept my promise,” said Van Dyne. “I think she's smiling down on us now. But it's been my pleasure to work with these nice people here and stuff at the centers."

The mayor of Phoenix has declared September 8 as James Van Dyne Day to celebrate his lifetime of dedication to those in need.

Arizona’s governor has also coined this week “Arizona Blood Donation Week” in honor of Van Dyne’s service and inspiration. 

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