Courtesy of Don Kimura
The gift of life
Don Kimura, 76, of Clayton, recently hit a milestone for his dedication to helping others. He donated his 150th pint of blood, accompanied by his daughter, Terri Simeona and granddaughter, Chelsea Simeona, who also donated blood with Kimura at the Pleasant Hill Red Cross Center. Kimura, who was stationed at Phan Rang Air Base in the Republic of Vietnam from 1970-1971, returned home to Hawaii after his military service and began donating blood. He said he became serious about it -- donating every 60 days -- as the years went by. It took approximately 30 years to reach the 150th pint, so Kimura has set more goals: to stay physically fit and healthy, and continue donating to reach 200 pints.