That made Red Cross staffers want to celebrate. So instead of tickets to the next comedy show, Earley got balloons and a wall plaque.
"He first became a blood donor during WWII when he served as an allied forces paratrooper," said Red Cross spokesman Nicholas Samaniego. "In 1992, Patrick switched to donating platelets - the clotting component of blood."
Cancer survivors, surgical candidates and transplant patients are among those often treated with platelet transfusions, Samaniego said.
In case you were curious, platelet donation is a 90-minute process in which the donor's blood is drawn and processed in a cell separator, he added. This cell separator extracts platelets and returns the remainder of the blood components back to the donor.