Lodi blood drive honors man who donated 108 gallons of blood

LODI, Wis. — Throughout his life, Brad Morter donated 108 gallons of blood. When he died unexpectedly, his family decided to honor his memory by paying it forward.

The Brad Morter Memorial Blood Drive was first held last year, and it returned on Wednesday. The goal is to mirror Morter’s lifetime donation total by donating 108 units of blood.

“Everybody here that is volunteering today is family and friends,” Brad’s wife Patricia Morter said. “It helps us to remember Brad too.”

The drive took on extra importance this year, with Hurricane Ian bearing down on the coast of Florida. Those injured in the storm may be in need of a blood transfusion.

“It’s an easy way to save a life as my husband would say,” Morter said.