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John Sheppard, 79, a Fort Myers community leader, has donated blood since 1957. On Thursday, he donated another pint and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Lexey Swall/StaffJohn Sheppard, 79, center, his wife Ellen Sheppard, and daiughter Sandy Barraco laugh as supporters crack jokes while he gives a pint of blood Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital. Sheppard will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. '(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years,' said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff

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John Sheppard, 79, a Fort Myers community leader, has donated blood since 1957. On Thursday, he donated another pint and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Lexey Swall/StaffJohn Sheppard, 79, center, his wife Ellen Sheppard, and daiughter Sandy Barraco laugh as supporters crack jokes while he gives a pint of blood Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital. Sheppard will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. "(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years," said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff

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  • John Sheppard, 79, a Fort Myers community leader, has donated blood since 1957. On Thursday, he donated another pint and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Lexey Swall/StaffJohn Sheppard, 79, center, his wife Ellen Sheppard, and daiughter Sandy Barraco laugh as supporters crack jokes while he gives a pint of blood Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital. Sheppard will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. '(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years,' said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Phlebotomist Lee Admire hugs Ellen Sheppard on Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital after Sheppard's husband, John, donated pint of blood and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. '(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years,' said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Phlebotomist Lee Admire prepares blood given by John Sheppard on Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital. Admire has been taking blood from Sheppard for the past 40 years. On Thursday, he donated another pint and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. '(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years,' said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • John Sheppard, 79, left, tells phlebotomist Lee Admire not to be nervous about all the people watching her take his blood Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital. Admire has been taking blood from Sheppard for the past 40 years. On Thursday, he donated another pint and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. '(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years,' said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • John Sheppard, 79, center, talks to supporters and media as he gives blood Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital. On Thursday, Sheppard donated a pint and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. '(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years,' said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • John Sheppard, 79, center, talks to supporters and media as he gives blood Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital. On Thursday, Sheppard donated a pint and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. '(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years,' said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff
  • Phlebotomist Lee Admire takes blood from John Sheppard, 79, Thursday at Lee Memorial Hospital. Admire has been taking blood from Sheppard for the past 40 years. On Thursday, he donated another pint and will go in to the Guinness Book of World Records for having donated 315 pints. Sheppard began giving blood in 1957 after his high school friend was injured in the Korean War. '(By donating blood) he's saved almost 1000 lives through the years,' said Jim Nathan, president of Lee Memorial Health System. Lexey Swall/Staff

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