Meet Robert Nygard

March 14, 2014 10:51:20 AM PDT
Robert received blood as a young adult after a serious car accident. He started donating to help save other people's lives like they helped save his. His commitment to giving back is still going strong more than 30 years later. Shortly after his accident, he started working at Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he sees the need for blood donations firsthand and helps coordinate six blood drives a year. The following is Robert's story in his own words:

In 1983, a friend and I were on the way home. It was night time and there was a car at the light and it was green but he wasn't moving, and my friend Jimmy ran into the back of the car going 55 MPH.

I went through the front windshield and back in. I cut my face and neck and need 107 stitches. I was bleeding very badly. I needed a lot of blood. This is why I started donating to save other peoples' lives like they saved mine.

I started to work for Memorial Hermann Hospital in 1985 and every day, I see people coming who were in car wrecks, gun shots, etc. I started working on a Committee called Partners In Caring and one of our Duty's is to have Blood Drives for the Community. I started helping out at the Blood Drives and now I'm one of the Chairperson.

I love working with folks and letting them know that they too can save 3 lives if they donate and I encourage them to Commit for Live because one day it might be them needing Blood.