DURANT, Okla. (KTEN) — Durant's Medical Center Pharmacy is marking 50 years of helping people, so it's no surprise those same people turned out to join the celebration.

"I thank them for saving my life," said 15-year customer Barbara Phares. 

It was 1972 (when the price of gas was 55 cents a gallon) when the pharmacy opened its doors for the first time.

"I think being a part of the community is the main thing we've done," said owner Greg Seay. "We really helped Durant increase the quality of life in our city."

Over the years, Medical Center Pharmacy has had countless customers enter their store, with many continuing their patronage.

"I know I have  a lot of confidence in them, and they have a lot of confidence in me," said 35-year customer Frank Fritz. "They help me in many different ways, and I'm so thankful for them."

Phares said she owes her life to the pharmacy. After having an allergic reaction to an antibiotic, she couldn't contact her doctor.

Medical Center Pharmacy delivered Benadryl to her right away.

"I got to the hospital and they started working on me right away," Phares said. "But then the nurse said,  'We would've kept you, but those two Benadryls are the ones that saved you.'"

The pharmacy hopes to continue to serve customers like Fritz and Phares for the next 50 years.