Sports, cars and Andy Griffith. That’s usually the talk of the morning when Ken Rubin and his friends gather for breakfast at Denny’s every eight weeks or so before going to donate blood. Over the past 15 years, the group has donated made 572 donations, which equates to around 71.5 gallons of blood.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Sports, cars and Andy Griffith. That’s usually the talk of the morning when Ken Rubin and his friends gather for breakfast at Denny’s, 5501 Washington Ave., every eight weeks or so.
But they aren’t just there for some good conversation and pancakes; these men are here for a cause that means the world to most of them. They are getting ready to donate blood.
Rubin’s donation journey began in 1976 when he was in his early 30s. That was when Wayne Hejny, Rubin’s friend and a fellow State Farm insurance agent, asked Rubin to join him to donate.
“If Wayne hadn’t asked me to join him that day, I’m not sure if I ever would have gone,” Rubin said.
Now, as Rubin and Hejny are in their 70s and 80s, they have been donating blood for nearly 50 years.