Kettering’s Katie Ellis, was honored as a “Community All-Star” at the June 24 Dayton Dragons baseball game for the dedication that has made her Community Blood Center’s (CBC) top female donor. Katie and several of her family members were VIP guests of the Dragons for the game, and Katie was recognized in the program and on the scoreboard.
CBC nominated Katie to be a Community All-Star after she made her milestone 400th lifetime blood donation in the spring. “I was in total shock,” Katie said about getting the call from Dragons informing her of the honor. “I said – ‘What?’ Then I remembered after my 400th you said CBC will have to do something special for you!”
Katie’s nomination was based on the lifesaving gifts of platelets she makes as a regular apheresis donor to help cancer patients, burn victims, trauma patients and others in need. She is retired from a long career in nursing and coaching softball and soccer at Chaminade-Julienne and Alter High Schools. She remains an avid golfer, and lately has been spending a lot of her retirement helping out with her fast-growing family.
It’s been a busy spring and summer for Katie. She spent a month at her daughter’s home in New Knoxville, OH helping her with newborn twins. (It’s the second set of twins for her daughter, and she also has a son with twins). She also helped her daughter by taking the three older children on vacation for a week.
Katie ranks ninth among all active CBC blood donors, and after spending so much time out of town she is in a hurry to get back on her donation schedule. She visited CBC Monday, June 24 to make her 403th donation, then hurried to the Dragons game for the Community All-Stars event Monday night.
“They took us on a tour of the stadium and the young man that showed us around was very nice,” she said. “I got a gift bag with a hat and a Dragons mug, and $40 to spend on food. My name was in the program and on the scoreboard.”
Katie shared Community All-Stars honors that night with Charlie Moore. He was recognized for rescuing the driver of a semi-trailer who had run off the highway and crashed into a river. Moore saw the accident, rushed to the scene and pulled the driver from the burning rig.
Katie is modest about the many lives she has helped save with her long history of blood donations. “I’ll be back in next week for my next appointment, and I’ll just keep going,” she said. “It’s an easy thing to do and an hour and a half of your time is not too much to ask to help people.”
She also appreciated the Dragons’ hospitality at Fifth Third Field. “It was a nice night,” she said. “The seats were good, the Dragons won and we could see everything!”