Donating blood and getting up before dawn to volunteer at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital are all in a day’s work for 70-year-old Darien resident Ron Sindelar. Five days a week for the past 14 years, Sindelar has worked from 5:30 a.m. to noon in the hospital’s same day surgery unit. During that time he has donated an astounding 242 units of platelets, which can be attributed to saving 300 lives and three gallons of whole blood, which qualifies for saving 72 lives. The donations that Sindelar makes all go to the Blood Collection Component Center at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
“The work that Ron does is equivalent to a part-time job,” said Jackie Stege, director of nursing at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “Ron’s volunteer efforts are amazing. I don’t know what we would do without him.”
When asked why he does so much volunteer work, Sindelar responded by saying, “Simply put, it’s the quality of people. The nurses at the blood center and Adventist Lab Partners make it all worth it.”
Sindelar has been named volunteer of the month three times. When he’s not volunteering, you can find him playing golf, watching sports, fishing, or keeping up with politics. Although Sindelar will be turning 71 in July, that doesn’t stop him from having fun. He enjoys driving his moped around town to run his errands.
“Driving a car is boring, and plus everyone does it. I like to have more fun, and that’s where my moped comes in,” said Sindelar.
Although he has volunteered for thousands of hours, Sindelar doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to do something for someone else and not get paid for it,” said Sindelar. “There are so many people that need help, and I am just one person who can give it to them.”