Englewood donor Ricky Fugate was determined to reach his goal of 100 blood donations by the end of 2016. Fate would not allow it, so it became his first resolution of the New Year.
It didn’t take long for Ricky to reach his milestone. He breezed to his centennial donation Tuesday, Jan. 3 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
“I was trying to get it in before the end of 2016,” said Ricky. “I figured if I donated six times a year, I could get it. The last couple of times at the end of December my iron was low. I was on schedule all through the year to give that last pint!”
Ricky began focusing on the goal off 100 donations soon after crossing the halfway point. “When I was at 60 donations I remember that I knew you got a coat at 100,” he said.
A serious event interrupted his quest. Ricky and his wife Ella have been married nearly 27 years. Ricky said he stopped donating for a full year after Ella suffered a stroke. He has retired from Johnson Electric in Vandalia and devotes much of his time to helping Ella.
He was pleased to be able to resume donating, and even with unexpected delays, ultimately reach his goal. “I’m glad I got it,” he said. “I’m not stopping now. I’m going to still keep coming!”