Last fall, Thomas Spurling was in a serious car accident. As he was driving back to school at Maine Maritime Academy when he hit a deer causing the car to swerve and hit a tree, Spurling explained.
He was taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight.
"Obviously I wouldn't be here if they weren't there so just everything they did for me I'm extremely appreciative of," Spurling said.
He needed multiple blood transfusions. Now, a year later and recovered, he said he's a symbol of the importance of donating blood.
"The only way to get it is volunteer donors," Veronica Marzonie, a flight nurse, said. "It is a gift of life that you can give time and time again and it's a precious thing that absolutely can make the difference in someone's life."
Spurling's mom said her and the people that helped at LifeFlight have kept in touch ever since the accident. LifeFlight asked her son to come to the blood drive to help pay it forward.
Thirteen people close to Spurling came to the LifeFlight blood drive. His mom said she's thankful for LifeFlight.
"If he didn't make it to Bangor Hospital when he did he probably wouldn't be here today and I have LifeFlight to thank for that," Brenda Spurling said.
Brenda Spurling mentioned she never donated blood before. She said she looked forward to it at the blood drive Thursday afternoon because she wanted to give back in honor of her son's survival and recovery.
"Between LifeFlight and the blood that he got, just trying to give back to someone who might need it," Brenda Spurling said. "They've been a great group of people."
Thomas Spurlinig said he had donated blood before, but now he has the best reason to keep doing it.
"Now I have a story behind it and kind of backs up why I should be doing it," the MMA student said.