Kettering donor Bill Braun felt good about timing his 100th lifetime donation for Wednesday, March 29 at the Dayton Community Blood Center. His friend Tom Melton is always behind the counter of the CBC Donor Café on Wednesdays and Bill was counting on Tom to help him celebrate.
“My buddy Tom volunteers on Wednesdays, and we work together volunteering at the Air Force Museum,” said Bill. “This way I can have a ‘Mojito’ with him!”
Bill could only jest about toasting his milestone with a Cuban cocktail, but he was happy to settle for the usual juice and cookies served up by Tom.
Bill says the beginning of his journey to the milestone number 100 dates back to the early years of his career in the auto industry. “It was probably 1972,” he said. “I donated at the blood drives at Delco in Moraine. I retired from Delphi in 2008.”
Bill and his wife Dee will be married 48 years in May. They have three children and four grandchildren. One of the joys of retirement for Bill is spending time with family, and a main passion in his retirement continues to be helping save lives.
“I’ve tried to be regular with my donations over the years as time allowed,” Bill said. “I think it’s the right thing to do. That’s all. It’s just the right thing to do.”
Bill tried on his new “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket and headed to the Donor Café for juice, water or coffee – whatever he wanted – because the drinks were on Tom!