Seton Catholic Grant Award

RICHMOND, Indiana – Seton Catholic High School in Richmond is proving again it is a small school with a big heart.  Community Blood Center has awarded a $1,000 High School Leadership Grant to Seton Catholic for outstanding blood drive participation in 2016-2017, making it one of CBC’s most honored high schools.

Seton Catholic won the grant for “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” for 2016-2017 with 175 percent participating in blood drives. It marks the second year in a row that Seton Catholic has won this category and it is their fourth Leadership Grant award in three years.

CBC’s Melinda Frech presented the award to SCHS Principal John Markward and blood drive coordinator Shaunna Stamm during a Thursday, Aug. 18 student assembly.  The students enthusiastically supported three blood drives in 2016-2017 and will host four blood drives in 2017-2018.

“We’re trying to keep awareness and increase it every year,” said Principal Markward, who also serves as advisor to Student Council, the student sponsor group for the blood drives.

“It’s not about the award, it’s the outcome,” he said. “It’s giving back to the community. The kids are involved in it and they’re so excited about it.  This year will be the first time we’re up to four blood drives. They see what they can do to make the kind of impact that helps the community.”

Seton Catholic won “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” in 2015-2016 with 152 percent participation and won two grants in 2014-2015 for “Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment” and “Most Improved.”

Student Council will help decide how to use the grant award. Last year’s award helped fund an anti-bullying awareness program.  All third through 12th grade students received t-shirts with the message, “Speak Up. Bullying Stops Here.”

CBC traditionally kicks off the new year of high school blood drives by honoring the highest-achieving high schools from the previous year with $1,000 High School Leadership grants awards in five categories.

Horizon Science Academy Dayton was second to Seton Catholic with 110 percent participation.  Troy Christian High School won the grant for “Most Improved.” Fairmont High School in Kettering won grants for both “Most Donors” and “Red Cord Excellence.”

In the 2016-2017 school year 119 high schools in CBC’s 15-county region hosted 220 blood drives, totaling 14,322 registrations to donate, 6,218 first-time donors and 11,185 blood donations.

Seaton Catholic Student Council


Kathy with donor

SIDNEY, Ohio -There’s nothing like lunch at the Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, always hot and homemade.  When it comes as a “thank you” for helping save lives by donating blood, it’s even better.

Community Blood Center honored the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby Count with the Platinum Award in the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club for blood drive excellence in 2016 with the plaque presentation at the Senior Center’s Wednesday, Aug. 16 blood drive.

CBC’s Kathy Pleiman presented the award to blood drive coordinator Georgina Dressman and her team of Senior Center volunteers that includes Becky Vanhorn, Caroline Warner, Gina Griesdorn, and Karen Ferreira.

The Senior Center hosts six CBC blood drives a year, and always features a hot lunch in the Donor Café.  At Wednesday’s blood drive volunteers served Sloppy Joe’s sandwiches, bowls of chili, and homemade cookies.

“Our group of volunteers does such a wonderful job, especially with the hot lunch for our donors,” said Georgina. “I put Becky in charge of the kitchen!”

The ladies were quick to give praise to Georgina.  “She’s our leader and she’s great!” said Karen.

The Platinum award in the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club is CBC’s highest honor for blood drive sponsors. It recognizes blood drives that achieve 100 percent or higher of collection goals.

The Senior Center’s six blood drives in 2016 averaged 102 percent of goal with a total of 494 donors, 13 first-time donors and 416 donations.

The Senior Center is on its way to another great year. Wednesday’s blood drive totaled 77 donors and 63 donations for 117 percent of goal.

“LifeSaving Ambassadors Club membership is our opportunity to recognize our sponsor partners and thank them for their hard work,” said Kathy Pleiman, CBC’s account representative for Shelby County.  “The Senior Center provides area donors with the opportunity to give blood every two months at a familiar and friendly location.  They are truly members of a special club because they are helping save lives year round.”

Donor William Joslin in cafe


Fairmont High School fall 2016 blood drive

Fairmont High School in Kettering is heading back to school this fall as Community Blood Center’s new regional champion in student blood drive participation and donor loyalty.

CBC traditionally kicks off the new year of high school blood drives by honoring the highest-achieving high schools from the previous year with $1,000 High School Leadership grants awards in five categories. Fairmont earned two grant awards for 2016-2017. It claimed the top category of “Most Donors” and also the Red Cord Excellence category for the highest number of graduates who frequently supported blood drives.

Fairmont’s fall and spring blood drives totaled 438 donors, including 179 first-time donors and 332 donations for 100 percent of collection goals.  Fairmont overtook rival Wayne High School, the “Most Donors” grant winner from 2015-2016. Wayne finished second to Fairmont in the top donor category for 2016-2017 with 411 donors.

Fairmont also won the Red Cord Excellence grant for the second consecutive year. It goes to the school with the most seniors who qualified for the Red Cord Honor program by registering to donate three times or more during their high school years.  Fairmont’s class of 2017 had 136 Red Cord graduates.

Fairmont is the third largest high school in the CBC region, but the remaining grant awards went to three of the region’s smallest schools.  Seton Catholic High School in Richmond won the grant for “Highest Percentage of Enrollment” with 175 percent participating in blood drives. It marks the second year in a row that Seton Catholic has won this category and their fourth grant award in three years.

CBC honored the Horizon Science Academy Dayton for “Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment” with 110 percent participation.  The final grant for “Most Improved” went to Troy Christian High School for improving blood drive support by 77 percent.


In the 2016-2017 school year 119 high schools in CBC’s 15-county region hosted 220 blood drives, totaling 14,322 registrations to donate, 6,218 first-time donors and 11,185 blood donations.

CBC also awarded nearly 2,500 Red Cords to graduating seniors.

“We’re grateful to all our high schools for their enthusiastic support of blood drives and our mission of helping save lives, said CBC Donor Relations Director Andrew Keelor. “Nearly one fourth of all our donations come from high school students. That is an important impact on our community.  From student donors in the largest high schools to the smallest, they all are making a difference.”


  • Most Donors: Fairmont High School – In 2016-2017 Fairmont’s two blood drive totaled 438 registrations to donate, including 179 first-time donors and 332 donations. Fairmont’s first victory in this category comes after a third-place finish last year.
  • Highest Percentage of Enrollment: Seton Catholic High School – Seton Catholic enthusiastically supported the school’s three blood drives in 2016-2017 with participation by 175 percent of enrollment.  They won the same category in 2015-2016 with 152 percent of enrollment, and won two grants in 2014-2015 for “Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment” and “Most Improved.” Seton Catholic will host four blood drives in 2017-2018.
  • Second Highest Percentage of Enrollment: Horizon Science Academy – Horizon Science Academy Dayton was second only to Seton Catholic High School with 110 percent of its eligible students participating in school blood drives.
  • Most Improved: Troy Christian High School – Troy Christian’s spring 2017 blood drive improved by 77 percent over the spring blood drive from the previous school year.
  • Red Cord Excellence: Fairmont High School – Fairmont earned the CBC grant for Red Cord Excellence for the second consecutive year with 136 graduating seniors qualifying for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program. Fairmont won the 2015-2016 award with 81 Red Cord graduates.


Dave Pleasant - Dayton

A special Donor Center Blood Drive is going on at the Dayton Community Blood Center in support of Dave Pleasant.  Dave is recovering from heart surgery and the Pleasant family is grateful to all the unknown donors who aided his survival by giving the “gift of life.”  They’re encouraging friends to donate in Dave’s name and sign the registry at the front desk as a show of support.

“This is Dave Pleasant and his little girl Abby Lane,” wrote Dave’s daughter Deb Pleasant.

“Dave is 77 and recently had complications from open heart surgery. He was transferred to the University of Cincinnati hospital where he went through seven surgeries.  He spent four days on bypass, 20 days in ICU and received 24 units blood.

“Because of receiving that lifesaving blood, and a great team of doctors, we are here, asking our friends to think about helping us give back.

“Before the surgery, Dave was a very active 77 year-old.  He was still building his hotrods in his small shop every day. Today, in less than two months, Dave is working on his cardio and regaining his health.

“Dave has returned to his shop and is starting to get back to doing what he loves. With the help of many friends, we’re asking if you can, to donate blood to give back in his name. Thank you to the many friends that love our Dad.”

The blood drive will continue through September at the Dayton CBC. Deb added, “Please attend the Sept. 10th car show at Rip Rap Roadhouse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stop and say hi.”


Richard Schieltz 200 LTD

Beavercreek’s Richard “Rick” Schieltz has been around the block a few times in his nearly 40 years as a donor and now he’s ready to circle the globe.  He donated platelets Monday, Aug. 7 for his milestone 200th lifetime donation, and he’ll add to his bucket list by seeing the world.

Rick was pleased to reach his milestone well before December when he and his wife Bev will leave on the “Viking World Cruise,” an epic, four-month journey visiting five continents, 35 countries and 64 ports.  Viking promises, “On one single voyage you will accomplish more travel milestones than most people achieve in a lifetime.”

Rick’s epic journey to 200 donations began back in ’78 or ’79 when he joined the “LifeLeaders” team at Standard Register captained by Community Blood Center “Award of Distinction” honoree Paul Martin.  “We both worked in the same department, production equipment design,” said Rick.  “We had mobiles that came out back then.”

Rick commonly averaged five or six donations per year at the Standard Register mobile blood drives. In 1996 he began donating at the Dayton CBC Donor Center.  Rick left Standard Register (which had become Taylor Communications) in 2008 and he and Bev moved from the Vandalia area to Beavercreek to be closer to Bev’s work at Wright State University.

Rick continued to donate at the Dayton Donor Center.  “They would say ‘Your blood type is A positive, you might consider going over to apheresis,’” said Rick.  He became a platelet and plasma donor in 2016 and reached his 200th donation with his 10th donation of 2017.

“It’s a good thing to do,” Rick said about his “Donor for Life” dedication. “My volunteer work is too.”  Rick has been a member of the Ski Patrol at Mad River Mountain for 45 years. He’s also dedicated to volunteering with historical restoration at Carillon Park.

Rick and Bev have two adult daughters, one in Cincinnati and the other in Iowa. Bev recently retired from Wright State and they moved to Miamisburg to downsize and prepare for their journey of a lifetime.

“I won’t be able to donate for four months,” Rick said.

Their world cruise itinerary reads like a geography test: Miami to London, then Cuba, Jamaica, through the Panama Canal to Polynesia, across the Pacific to Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia, to China, Thailand, and Vietnam, then India, Egypt, Jordan and through the Suez Canal to Italy, Spain and Portugal, and back to England.

When Rick returns there will be a flurry of travel deferment research to determine if and when he is eligible to donate!  He’s earned the time away.  He’ll return having accomplished more travel milestones “than most people see in a lifetime.”  But he leaves with a very satisfying accomplishment already in his suitcase: having helped save many more lives than most can ever imagine.


Robert Lutz 200 LTD

Huber Heights donor Robert “Bob” Lutz is a retired mail carrier who delivers on his “Donor for Life” mission to donate platelets and plasma as often as he can.  That steady pace brought him to his 200th lifetime donation milestone with a platelet donation June 30 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.

“It was wonderful,” Bob said about reaching his milestone.

Apheresis donors can give platelets up to 24 times a year.  Bob likes to donate every two weeks. To be in sync with his eligibility, Bob had to wait until Aug. 4 to make his 201st donation.  He was glad to be back.

Bob began donating at the New York Blood Center’s Hudson Valley Donor Center. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1992 and Bob and his wife Florence decided to move to the Miami Valley in 2012 to be closer to Florence’s sister Jocelyn, and for a “slower way of life.”  He became a CBC donor right away.

Bob was one of only a few apheresis donors at Hudson Valley. He transferred his record of 93 donations to CBC, and has never slowed down. Bob’s milestone donation was his 15th donation of 2016.  He made a giant step toward 200 by making 29 platelet and plasma donations in 2016.

Bob is an AB blood type, making him a universal plasma donor.  Any patient in need can receive his plasma, regardless of their blood type. Plasma blood products are used by burn, trauma and cancer patients.

Bob and Florence have a son and daughter and three grandchildren. They belong to St. Peter Parish in Huber Heights and Bob stays busy volunteering at the St. Peter’s food pantry, helping families in need in the surrounding area.

As a mail carrier he was dedicated to the “completion of his appointed rounds.” He is just as dedicated to his Donor for Life journey and it’s an even greater source of satisfaction.

“You get a call, telling you saved a life at a hospital, or you helped a child at Children’s Hospital,” he said.  “You know the giving is worthwhile.  When you hear that, you know you are helping other people.”



Leingangs with CS staff

Community Blood Center was honored to welcome “Honored Hero” Eli Leingang from Pleasant Hill for a special visit Friday, Aug. 4.  Eli is just seven years old but he has spent most of his young life fighting – and winning – his battle against leukemia.  Part of his visit was to encourage support for the Oct. 5 Dayton Light The Night where he plans to lead the crowd on the annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraising walk.

Eli is naturally shy so his dad Brian does all the talking about the journey of a blood cancer survivor. Brian is a faculty member at Edison State Community College in Piqua and was comfortable giving detailed information about Eli’s treatment to CBC’s Collection Services staff during a special training day gathering.

Eli was just 20 months old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in September of 2011. The doctors gave them hope, but the road to recovery would be tough. “A lot of chemotherapy treatments are so toxic, when they inject it into your blood it will burn,” said Brian.

Eli faced chemo treatments for the next three and half years long, and his “cure rate” was estimated at 95 percent.  It is six months longer for boys since the cancer can “hide out” in their reproductive organs.

Eli is the middle child of Brian and Noelle Leingang’s three children.  His baby brother was born in 2013 and he had his final treatment in 2015. But he experienced a rare and disappointing relapse one month later.

They were relieved to learn he could continue chemo without the need for a bone marrow transplant.  “The cure rate was 70 percent,” said Brian.  “It’s a crazy situation because it puts your kid in that number. Remember, 95 percent was the original plan, and was in the five percent.”

After two years and “a lot of pokes and prods,” Eli completed treatment on Jan. 19, 2017. “In April he got his (chemo) port out,” said Brian. “He was just a baby when he got it in there.”

During his talk Brian showed photos of Eli with tubes and injections, his face bloated by steroids, periods of no appetite and exhaustion.  Eli sat quietly, hardly noticing. “He won’t remember any of this,” said Brian, and the family is glad.

“Eli was a normal kid through all of this,” he said. “He played soccer, fought with siblings, got in trouble and went to school.  We didn’t try to make it the central story of his life. We didn’t want him to feel the disease is defining him.  I think we did a good job of trying have a normal life.”

Brian was pleased to know the CBC/CTS team is again giving full support to Light The Night.  “Once you hear someone’s story, you want to help,” he said. “It’s wonderful you have a team going.”

The Leingang family is now a strong supporter of LLS. “Once you get involved and find out how many cancers there are, you see how difficult it is,” he said. “All the donations and your effort to fundraise do make a difference.”

Eli with platelet donor Daniel Nhiser