For over 29 years Board of Equalization staff member Ted Matthies has been donating blood at the San Diego Blood Bank every other week. Matthies began donating blood as part of a Board of Equalization Blood drive event and on March 9th became one of 15 “super donors” to have ever donated over 100 gallons in the United States.
The Red Cross estimates that by donating even 1 gallon of blood you can help save 24 lives. This means that Matthies has given 2,400 people the opportunity of life. Matthies was inspired early on by his ability to save an infant’s life. A father had come to the blood bank while Matthies was donating blood to provide blood for his infant son born with a hole in his heart. The father was unable to do so, but Matthies heard what happened and being the same blood type Matthies designated his blood to help the infant. While Matthies never met the child he was informed the infant’s surgery was successful and could enjoy the opportunity of a long and fruitful life.
Matthies continues his work at the Board of Equalization as a professional advisor for elected member Board of Equalization Board Member Diane L. Harkey. This monumental charitable accomplishment was marked with a proclamation from City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer declaring March 9th to be Ted Matthies Day and will be recognized by Member Harkey and fellow Board members at a future Board of Equalization meeting.
“Ted has set the bar for service as an employee of the Board of Equalization as well as a blood donor for over 29 years. Ted’s accomplishment is exemplary of his dedication and selfless attitude that is an inspiration to me and our colleagues on a daily basis,” said Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey.