Leonard Zasoski, is a dedicated blood and trima donor, with more than 11 gallons of whole blood and 215 units of platelets in his history. Leonard’s father was a faithful blood donor, who encouraged his son to do so as well, yet Leonard did not get around to it until he learned his father would be undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and would need platelets in 1992. Leonard continued to donate after his father’s passing as a way to feel close to the memory of his father.
In 2011, Leonard found out he had prostate cancer himself. Leonard was saddened not only by his diagnosis, but also because he could no longer do the one thing that allowed him to continue to honor his late father—donate blood products.
Thankfully, since Leonard’s cancer was caught early, it could be fully removed and Leonard was declared cancer free. Although he no longer had cancer, Leonard was not able to donate blood or platelets until he was five years past treatment in accordance with FDA regulations. During those years, Leonard became very active in work supporting prostate cancer survivors and urging early diagnosis of the disease.
On July 25th, with a great smile on his face and a spring in his step, Leonard walked into our donor center to resume his community service by donating platelets. Since that day he has donated platelets 5 times. Leonard hopes to continue donating for as long as he possibly can and encourages others to join him in saving lives. On the occasion of his return to donating, he wrote a letter to The Bakersfield Californian detailing his story and urging others to give. It was selected as a Community Voice piece, and is available to read here.
Welcome back Leonard. Congratulations on beating cancer, and we look forward to seeing you often in our Gold Club chairs!