This award is presented to those organizations and individuals whose extraordinary actions reflect Robert F. Kennedy's compassion, values, vision, and commitment to making the world a better place for children and families.
A long-time advocate for juvenile justice, Mr. Watson (President and CEO of LPM Holding Company) has volunteered with many child-welfare organizations including Crossroads for Kids and Community Resources for Justice where his generosity led to the establishment of Watson Academy, an educational enrichment program for youth. He has also been recognized as a blood platelet donor at The Children's Hospital in Boston for 23 years and is in the Guinness Book of Records for his achievement.
Congratulations to Children’s Blood Donor of the Month for April, Bob Watson. When Children’s began collecting platelets in 1986, the manager asked Watson, a regular donor, if he was interested in giving that type of donation a try. Now, more than 20 years later, Watson continues to donate platelets and has even held the title of Most Platelet Donations in the Guinness World Book of Records.
Watson recently reached his 700th platelet donation milestone and doesn’t see himself stopping any time soon. "I like people and I like helping kids anonymously," he says. "This is a great way to do it." Donating blood is only a part of the contribution that Watson has made for Children’s. He served on the Board of Overseers for many years and his charity, LPM Charitable Foundation, sponsors a golf tournament to raise money for
Children’s programs called the Don and Connie Watson Charity Golf Tournament. It’s held each summer at the Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland and last year, it raised more than $90,000 for charities including the Blood Donor Center.
Whether donating platelets or his time raising money for Children’s, Watson’s generosity is always on full display. If you are interested in giving blood or would like more information, call 617-355-6677 or visit childrenshospital.org/donateblood.