Kalaman and Walkers

CENTERVILLE, Ohio – The 20th anniversary of the Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive on April 27 was a fitting celebration of a young life well-lived, duty well-served, and a dedication to helping others well-remembered and shared by all who have remained faithful to the blood drive tradition.

Last year the Kalaman blood drive passed the 4,000 mark of donations made in honor of the Centerville Police officer who was killed while assisting at an I-675 accident scene in 1998.  The 20th annual blood drive, held again on April 27 in posthumous celebration of John Kalman’s birthday, added 88 donors and 81 donations to the legacy.

“All I can say is ‘thank you’ to all the people who have donated at this blood drive and any blood drive or given over at the (Community Blood Center) Donor Center in John’s honor,” said John’s father John Kalaman. “There is a need and this is the only way to replace it.

“I love my son. I miss him terribly every day. I’d give up all this in a heartbeat if I could have him back, but I can’t.”

A hallmark of the Kalaman blood drive is the support it receives from members of the public safety community, and especially by Centerville Police.  “It’s heartwarming to see the officers come out, those that didn’t even know him, to have the compassion to come out,” said John Kalaman.

“A lot of it is for the Kalamans,” said CPD Sgt. Mike Yoder, who made his 26th lifetime donation Thursday and his ninth at the Kalaman blood drive. “This is one I mark on my calendar so I can donate in memory of John.”

Current CPD Chief Bruce Robertson and retired Chief Stephen Walker, who was chief at the time of Kalaman’s death, make it a tradition to support the blood drive. Both donated again Thursday.

“Over the 20 years people have come every year, or donated once or twice, but they still come back,” said Chief Walker. “It’s a tremendous remembrance of John and it’s a great thing for the community. It’s about this town and the way people care.”

“From the first time, it felt right,” said community member Steve Walker, who made his 50th lifetime donation Thursday. “I know it’s the same every year, but it always has a different meaning.”

The Kalamans will mark additional milestones in September with the 20th annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and more than $250,000 raised for the John P. Kalaman Memorial Scholarship Fund for Centerville and Washington Township graduates.

John’s mother Paula Kalaman continued the tradition of serving slices of birthday cake decorated with a CPD badge.  She was pleased to meet young donor Jake Stone who is completing the Criminal Justice program at Sinclair Community College and has applied to become a Dayton Police officer.

Jake says he was five years old when he asked his mother why Kalaman’s name was on road signs. “She told me what happened,” he said.  It became part of his inspiration to become a police officer.

“People ask me ‘Why in the world would you want to be an officer with all the stuff going on,’” said Jake. “I tell them, that’s kind of why: to protect people and to be a public servant.”

A TV reporter asked Paula what her son John would say about the 20-year legacy of the blood drive in his name. “He would say, ‘Mom, this is awesome, I can’t believe people would give in my honor,’” she replied. “That’s the kind of humble person he was.”

CPD Sgt. Mike Yoder and Paula Kalaman




Mary Thorpe 101 LTD UD Afghan winner


Congratulations to Kettering donor Mary Thorpe, winner of the drawing for Fran Duell’s hand-crafted University of Dayton “March Madness” afghan.

Mary entered the drawing when she made her 101st lifetime donation on March 28. Mary was still celebrating her milestone 100th donation and the satisfaction of receiving the “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket.  Winning the afghan was a true bonus.

“My dad went to UD and my son went there for two years, he was a high school scholar, and transferred to Ohio University,” she said.  She was compelled to enter the drawing after admiring Fran’s handiwork when the blanket was on display in the Donor Room. “My grandmother crocheted, she did the ripple (design) and I like that,” she said.  “It’s very well done. I’d really like to thank her.”

Fran is a long-time blood donor and Community Blood Center supporter. She traditionally designs the UD Afghan in the school’s original team colors for a drawing during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Everyone who registered to donate at the Dayton CBC Donor Center could enter the drawing.

Even some die-hard Flyer fans may not know that UD’s original team colors were not dark blue and red. Back when Fran was a UD student (class of ’66) the team used a light blue with red. “They called it Columbia blue when I was in school,” Fran said.

The Flyer-designed blanket is one of many afghans Fran traditionally creates for CBC and other charitable organizations to use as a prize for donor raffles.  Last year she made an “Alaska State Flag Afghan” for the summer “Wild About Alaska” blood drive. She also made her traditional pink October Breast Cancer Awareness Month blanket and the November scarlet and grey “OSU Buckeyes Afghan” for donor drawings.



Madeline Salach 2 LTD

DAYTON, Ohio – In a year that saw the University of Dayton welcome a new president and say goodbye to the Flyers basketball coach, one part of UD identity remained unchanged: dedication to serving others and saving lives.

UD hosted its eighth and final Community Blood Center blood drive of the 2016-2017 academic year at the RecPlex Wednesday, April 19 with the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health professional fraternity serving as the student sponsor group.

It’s the end of the semester with final exams coming on fast, but the Flyers put down the books long enough to support the blood drive with 74 donors, including 21 first-time donors and 60 donations for 103 percent of the collection goal.

“My organization (AED) sponsors the blood drive,” said Keelan Day, a junior from San Antonio, Texas. “I had some time in the day for it and I hadn’t donated yet this year.”

Keelan will be working for the Dayton Dragons as a video technician this summer.  Her fellow fraternity member Adam Schaefer, who made this third lifetime donation Wednesday, will be getting ready for graduation and his first year at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

“It’s scary. It’s a new step in my life,” said Adam. “It’s a lot of work, but it will be worth it.”

The spirit of hard work in the service of others is second nature at UD, and students gladly took the time to give blood.

“It’s really easy,” said grad student Emily Holterman, who made her milestone fifth lifetime donation. “My dad always did it when I was younger.”

“I was just going to the gym and I saw the sign!” said sophomore Madeline Salach, who made a quick detour to the blood drive for her second lifetime donation.

UD completed the academic year of eight blood drives with 632 donors, 278 first-time donors and 507 donations for 109 percent of goal.

Univ. Dayton LAC 2016

CBC Account Representative Donna Teuscher presented the Platinum LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for 2016 to Campus Recreation Director Melissa Longino and Operations and Administration Associate Director Dave Ostrander.

Platinum is CBC’s highest award for blood drive excellence. In 2016 UD sponsored eight blood drives resulting in 651 donors, 273 first-time donors and 505 donations for 108 percent of the collection goal.

“We started with one small room and grown so much,” said Donna.  “You guys are wonderful with letting us do more.”

“We’ll put this on the wall with the other awards so the students can see it,” said Melissa. “You hold the blood drive in there and the students are so great about donating at the drives. They can see the impact they’ve made and the history of that impact.”


Richmond Student Council Volunteers

RICHMOND, Indiana – Young donors at Richmond High School not only boosted Community Blood Center’s Easter weekend blood supply with their April 14 “Good Friday” blood drive, they may be forging two new traditions .

For the second consecutive year blood drive coordinator and Student Council advisor Hunter Lambright agreed to schedule the blood drive on Good Friday, a time when many other high schools are on spring break and many donors are busy with Easter travel.

“We did the Good Friday blood drive last year, and I said if it works out, let’s do it again,” said Hunter. “We also worked at trying to get some adults from the community to come in.  We had at least two parents.”

The result was 106 donors, including 46 first-time donors and 82 donations for 103 percent of the collection goal.

A second tradition in the works is the brewing competition between Student Council, sponsors of the spring blood drive, and the Red Devil Mentors, sponsors of the fall blood drive, to see who can recruit the most donors.

The result was a win-win for both sponsor groups.  The fall blood drive had more donors (109 to 106) but the spring blood drive had one more donation (82 to 81).  The two blood drives combined for 215 total donors, 109 first-time donors, and 163 blood donations.

Karalyn Kramer is a member of both Student Council and Red Devil Mentors, the student group that guides new students through the chaos of freshmen orientation.  She supports the idea of the friendly competition, even though she won’t take sides in the blood drive challenge.

“We kind of want to make it more fun with a competitive spin to energize more people to come out and support Student Council in the challenge,” she said. “No matter who wins, getting more people to come out was the main goal.”

Giving blood was an important goal for sophomore Jasmine Walsh. “I wanted to do it last year as a freshman,” she said.  This year she turned 16 and was able to donate with her parents’ consent. “This year I found out I could do it – I felt so excited!”

Senior Hannah Berry made her second lifetime donation at the Good Friday blood drive. She plans to study nursing at Ball State University next year. “It helps people,” she of donating, and it gives her insights into health care.

“I asked (her phlebotomist) if it makes her nervous to stick needles into people,” said Hannah. “She said, at first!”

Senior Taylor Jackson made her second lifetime donation Friday.  She’s considering entering the CBC/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition before the April 20 deadline.  The scholarship challenge is to create a blood drive marketing campaign.

“I was just thinking of different things I’ve seen here and at blood drives I helped with,” she said. “I’m looking for a main idea that students would be attracted to.”

She may be inspired by the Good Friday dedication and Student Council challenge at the Richmond spring blood drive.

Jasmine Walsh 1 LTD


Hamilton High School NHS volunteers

HAMILTON, Ohio – Hamilton High School National Honor Society members got back from spring break and went back to work recruiting donors for their Thursday, April 13 spring blood drive with the goal of keeping Community Blood Center in good supply during the Easter holiday weekend.

“Our biggest challenge was spring break,” said NHS Advisor Madeleine DeHoff, who is in her second year teaching AP Government and U.S. History teacher at Hamilton, and her first as blood drive coordinator. The spring blood drive came just a week after spring break and Easter weekend followed the blood drive with no school on Good Friday.

“In the fall, our recruiting went right up to the blood drive. This month our recruiting effort was a little lower because of the kids on vacation.”  She noted that NHS had just completed its “Pennies for Pasta” fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “There are lots of moving pieces in the spring, that’s for sure!”

Despite the challenges of the spring calendar Thursday’s blood drive had more donors than the fall blood drive with 123 registrations, including 55 first-time donors and 78 donations.  Hamilton’s fall and spring blood drives combined for 231 donors, 127 first-time donors and 161 donations for 101 percent of the collection goals.

NHS President Erika Stauble helped organize an experienced group of junior and senior volunteers. “We run both blood drives and the fall went really well,” said Erika. “We do a lot about the blood drive on our ‘Blue TV’ newscast and at lunch we do announcements on a microphone. We get a lot of people from that.”

Twin brothers Alvin and Kelvin Mantey are senior NHS volunteers who kept up a lively banter with their classmates in the Donor Café.  They grew up in Ghana with their mother and an older pair of siblings (that are also twins) while their father worked in Ohio. He would send money home and visit when he could. The family was finally reunited in Hamilton just three years ago and the twins quickly acclimated to life at Hamilton High.

“I guess we’re altruistic,” said Alvin, who plans to study psychology next year at the University of Cincinnati. “We want to help others when we can. We don’t get a lot of time in school.  This is a little opportunity to make a difference in our own way.”

Senior Taylor Lewis believes giving blood is an important way to make a difference. She made her third lifetime donation at Thursday’s blood drive, qualifying for CBC’s Red Cord Honor program recognition at graduation.

“It’s giving back to the community,” said Taylor, who is member of the NJROTC and plans to enter the Marine Corps next fall. “We can replenish the blood in our bodies.  Some people can’t.  My grandfather had leukemia and needed transfusions. He passed away.”

Junior Jackie Betancourt made her first donation at Thursday’s blood drive, and admitted that she had to muster up the courage to support the cause. “It’s saving lives, no matter how much that scares me,” she said.  “That’s motivation, I guess!”

Alvin, Kelvin Mantey



Xenia High School Red Cord 2017

XENIA, Ohio – Sophomore Liam Rose bobbed his head to the music coming through his ear buds as he made his first lifetime donation Friday at the Xenia High School spring blood drive, then sang out loud with his friend Dylan Crager in the Donor Café.

After facing a challenge, making a sacrifice and helping save lives who wouldn’t feel like singing?  Friday’s blood drive totaled 107 donors, including 29 first-time donors and 81 donations for 100 percent of the collection goal.

“I hate needles and I hate needle pricks,” said Liam. “I’m donating and I’m doing it – because I hate needles!  It’s called ‘exposure therapy.’”

The idea is that exposing yourself to a fear will help you overcome anxiety.  It worked well enough for Liam. “But I still hate needles,” he said.

Donating was new to Liam, but it’s a familiar experience to upperclassmen like senior Jack Shaw who made his sixth lifetime donation Friday.  Jack has donated at every XHS fall and spring blood drives since his sophomore year.

“It seems like a good idea to help somebody out,” he said.

Helping others is the goal of the volunteers in tie-dye t-shirts who served special drinks and snacks in the Donor Café. They are students in instructor Molly Wavra’s Biotechnology program and members of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).

“We started co-sponsoring the blood drive with Student Council a couple of years back and are the main sponsor now,” said Molly. “It’s a good match for us.”

Xenia High’s fall and spring blood combined for 203 donors, 78 first-time donors, and 156 donations and averaged nearly 100 percent of the collection goal. CBC recognized XHS as a Red Cord Honor School for 2016-2017.

Molly Wavra and HOSA volunteers senior Zachary Darner, junior Alexis Vaughn and sophomores Saphron Cummins, Trinity Morton and London LaBarrie accepted the Red Cord Honor School award at Friday’s blood drive.

Senior Morgan Titcombe qualified for the CBC Red Cord Honor program by making her third lifetime donation at the spring blood drive.  Seniors must register to donate three or more times during their high school years to earn the Red Cord.

The blood drive was also an opportunity for seniors to learn more about the CBC/Vectren Lead the Way Scholarship program.  They can earn a $1,000 scholarship by submitting a winning idea for a high school blood drive marketing campaign.

A winning campaign requires a good theme with a catchy slogan; a short explanation of why the campaign would encourage classmates to donate; and a creative expression of the theme.  Past winners have designed t-shirts and posters, written poetry, and created videos that were creative, informative and fun.

Lead The Way applications must be postmarked by April 20.  The application and more information is available at

Senior Julia Becker looked over information about the Lead The Way Scholarship while sipping water to prepare for her donation Friday.   “I might enter,” she said. “I can probably come up with an idea!”

She didn’t break into song after completing her second lifetime donation, but she was all smiles.

Julia Becker - Xenia HS


Sinclair Spring Blood Drive

Sinclair Community College wrapped up another successful year of partnering with Community Blood Center with a strong showing for the final campus blood drive of the academic year Monday, April 3 in the library.

“We sponsor two blood drives each semester,” said Anthony Hinders of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, who worked the Donor Café with fellow volunteers Sharon Olivares, Teresa Hitch, Ethan Risner, Cora Thomas and Zoe Mornhinweg.  “Most people know about it through emails but we’re always available to give information.”

Phi Theta Kappa and the Sinclair finished the school year strong with 38 donors at Monday’s blood drive, including nine first-time donors and 33 donations for 118 percent of the collection goal.

Sinclair’s four blood drives during the 2016-2017 academic year totaled 148 donors, 41 first-time donors and 122 donations with an average of more than 105 percent of collection goal.

Nursing students helped fill the donor beds Monday in the lounge area overlooking the library stacks.  Sarah Longoria started donating at Lebanon High School and made her fourth lifetime donation Monday. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree and become an RN.

“It’s because I just like helping people in as many ways as I can,” Said Sarah. “If I can give my blood to someone to help them, then I will.”

Ashley Sigler is also a nursing student with plans to complete a bachelor’s degree at Ohio University. “Eventually I want to work with kids who have cancer,” she said.  Monday was her first donation at a Sinclair blood drive.

“I was here studying and I saw the sign and said, ‘Why not?’” she said.

Her friend and fellow nursing student Alex Hendrickson made her milestone 5th lifetime donation Monday.  She started donating at Tri County North High School and studied Allied Health at Miami Valley Career Technology Center. “I want to be a nurse practitioner in the NIC (Neonatal Intensive Care) Unit,” she said.

It was also a milestone day for Dennis Duncan, a regular supporter of the Sinclair blood drives.  Dennis studied graphic design at Sinclair and now works as the web cell coordinator in the nearby Sinclair Bookstore.  “The timing of the blood drives usually works for me,” said Dennis.

This time when he climbed the stairs from the Bookstore to the blood drive it was to make his 16th lifetime donation, the equivalent of two gallons of blood. “Just so I can do something to help out,” he said.

Sinclair will launch the 2017-18 school year with a CBC blood drive on Sept. 5.

Phi Theta Kappa volunteers