RETIRED TROOPER JOE BLACK CRUISES TO MILESTONE 100TH DONATION

Joe Black 100 LTD

Milestones are just part of the journey for Springboro donor Joe Black. He spent 26 years patrolling the roads as an Ohio State Trooper.  After retirement he went two years without a haircut so he could make multiple donations to the “Wigs for Kids” to help children with cancer.   On Wednesday, Dec. 20 he closed out 2017 with his milestone 100th lifetime blood donation.

Joe grew up in Dayton and proudly notes he was a member of the final graduating class at the all-male Chaminade High School in 1973 before the merger with Julienne.  He first donated blood while at the University of Cincinnati, and answered the call to become an apheresis donor in 1982. It was in the early days of the procedure when it required needled in both arms and long sessions.

“My dad had leukemia and I first started doing apheresis to give platelets for my dad,” Joe said. “They took platelets from me and my little brother. He ended up passing away shortly after that.  He might have made it today.  But I saw the need. My dad needed it and I wanted to do that.”

Joe worked at State Patrol posts in Dayton and Batavia before retiring in 2003.  His wife Lora is an occupational therapist.  They have been married 40 years and have two daughters and four grandchildren. “All girls!” he said.

He’s been able to donate more often since retiring and moving back to the Dayton area. He closed in on his milestone with 10 donations in 2016.

He has pictures of the long, braided hair all the way down his back that he grew for the “Wigs for Kids” donation.  “It wasn’t so bad when it was in a ponytail,” he said. “I learned how to use bobby pins!”

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CHELSEA WOULD BE PROUD: BOTKINS DONOR SUSAN LEUGERS ENTERS DONATION HALL OF FAME

Susan Leugers - Donation Hall of Fame

DAYTON, Ohio – Botkins blood donor Susan Leugers will be inducted into the 2018 Fresenius Kabi National Donation Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Jan. 2 during the Community Blood Center blood drive she began two years ago in memory of her daughter Chelsea.

The third annual Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive is Jan. 2 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 116 North Mill St. in Botkins. The ceremony welcoming Susan into the Donation Hall of Fame will take place at 4 p.m.

CBC nominated Susan because of her personal commitment to donating and her resolve to recruit donors.   Her induction will mark the third consecutive year a CBC donor has received this honor.

Susan has 136 lifetime donations.  Her daughter Chelsea received blood transfusions during a long struggle with pancreatic islet cell cancer. She was 22 when she passed away in 2010. Susan organized the first Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive in July of 2016.

“I’m passionate about being a blood donor, and the blood drive was the obvious thing to do in Chelsea’s honor,” Susan said. “That was something that made her proud of me.  She wanted to be a blood donor, but was too sick. I believe that people are willing to donate, if someone will just ask.”

Susan agreed to hold the second annual Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood drive just six months later, on Jan. 3 to help boost the CBC blood supply during the holidays.  The third annual blood drive in Chelsea’s memory is again in support of the holiday blood supply and January National Blood Donor Month.

Fresenius Kabi is honoring 12 people and one canine in the 2018 Hall of Fame class.  For nearly 20 years Fresenius Kabi has partnered with blood centers across the country to recognize individuals who demonstrate unwavering commitment and passion for donating blood and encouraging blood donation.

“The U.S. blood supply depends on the commitment of a compassionate community of recruiters, sponsors, donors, collectors, technicians, scientists and drivers. Since 1998, Fresenius Kabi has worked shoulder-to-shoulder with blood centers in the U.S. to assure that blood is available to patients when it’s needed most,” said Dean Gregory, president, medical devices at Fresenius Kabi USA.

“Few better demonstrate the importance and power of working together than those inducted annually into the Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame. This year’s class is a wonderful example of heroes in our communities. Fresenius Kabi is honored to recognize them.”

Susan Leugers with son Nathan Lukey, wife Veronica

SACRED HEART BLOOD DRIVE IS McCARTYVILLE’S LITTLE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

Anna High donors

ANNA, Ohio – The annual Knights of Columbus blood drive at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church is not just a tradition in McCartyville.  It’s a small Christmas miracle.

“Let’s face it, it’s as small a town as you’re going to get doing a blood draw,” said Tom Albers, who has coordinated the blood drive for 17 years.  “It’s a good community. We don’t have 200 people in McCartyville and we get 200 to show up for the blood draw.”

The Tuesday, Dec. 19 blood drive lived up to Tom’s expectations.  Community Blood Center registered 210 whole blood donors resulting in 191 whole blood donations, plus 12 platelet and plasma donors for 103 percent of the collection goal.

The Parish Activity Center was festive with Christmas music, the aroma of steaming Sloppy Joe sandwiches and vegetable soup, and cheerful holiday cookies on the tables in the Donor Café.  Tom made the rounds, delivering cookies to the row of apheresis donors.

Russia’s Bill Tady donated plasma for his 157th lifetime donation.  He wore a red CBC t-shirt and red CBC socks received at previous blood drives, and his CBC “Donor for Life” jacket.  “I did it purposefully because it’s Christmas,” Bill said. “I told my wife I even have red underwear on!”

Sacred Heart unveiled the Parish Activity Center in December of 2014, just in time for the blood drive to move from the church basement to its spacious new home.  Volunteer Mary Anthony from Fort Loramie still has the original CBC “Be a Deer – Donate Blood” t-shirt featured at the 2014 blood drive and she compared it to the new version worn by donor Nancy Stiefel.

Long-time Sacred Heart donors like Paul Luthman consider being able to donate a blessing in itself. “It’s my home parish,” said Paul. “I’m just glad to be on the giving end instead of the receiving, for as long as I can stay healthy.”

A special spirit of giving came from a group of young Anna High School students. Some made their first lifetime donations Tuesday. “We all finished exams for the day,” said Gabe Ludington.  “Anna kids like to give blood so we all came out.”

“We were able to leave early,” said Caleb Crust. “Tomorrow is our final exams of the year. We only have one more day of school on Thursday and we go on Christmas break.”

“I first started when I was a teenager at New Bremen High School,” said Fort Loramie’s Rose Meyer, who made her milestone 100th lifetime donation Tuesday. “It’s a good thing to do, to help people out.”

Tom Albers made a double red blood cell donation Tuesday to reach 194 lifetime donations.  He talked about making his 200th, then perhaps passing on the role of blood drive coordinator to the younger generation.  But he admitted, “I say that every year.”

Sacred Heart’s annual little miracle is a hard to give up.  The volunteers say the work hard is in the preparation, especially the food.  But the blood drive itself is a time to greet neighbors and celebrate as a community.

“To me, it’s a great time of year,” said Tom. “To me, it’s part of my Christmas.”

Bill Tady with CBC Garrett Thompson

SNOW IN AIR, SUNSHINE IN HEARTS AT DARKE CO. LIONS CLUBS ‘TEDDY BEAR & FRIENDS BLOOD DRIVE’

Arcanum Lions Club volunteers

GREENVILLE, Ohio – Bursts of light snow sometimes darkened the skies Tuesday, Dec. 12 while wind gusts made the wise men sway in the Nativity scene outside the Greenville Church of the Brethren.  But inside it was all sunshine for the 22nd annual Darke County Lions Clubs “Teddy Bear & Friends Blood Drive.”

The Arcanum, Gettysburg, Greenville and Pitsburg Lions Clubs worked together like a reindeer team, encouraging blood donations and remembering children spending the holidays in the hospital.  The Lions raised money to purchase more than 150 stuffed animals for children at Wayne HealthCare.  Donors were invited to sign gift tags and send well wishes.

CBC’s Dana Puterbaugh presented LifeSaving Ambassadors Club Gold Awards to each club for the success of the 2016 blood drive. Support for this year’s Teddy Bear blood drive grew by 17 percent with 129 donors, 112 whole blood donations and 11 platelet and plasma donations for 112 percent of goal.

“We’ve been doing this for quite a few years,” said Arcanum Lions Club volunteer Dick Mathias as his club took its turn volunteering in the Donor Café. “There have been a few members who have passed away.  We took over and have been doing it this long.  It’s been a great thing. We enjoy helping others.”

The Arcanum Lions also raised $4,300 for a donation to the pediatric cancer unit at Dayton Children’s Hospital. “You see those kids coming, and they have cancer,” said Dick. “It’s a good thing to do.”

“It’s by first year helping with the blood drive,” said Pitsburg Lions Club volunteer Cristoph Keller. “It’s been interesting. I’ve never seen this operation!”

Cristoph joined Arcanum Lions volunteer Bill Campbell at the stuffed animals table.   They offered donors a choice of stuffed animal, invited donors to sign a gift tag and attached it to the toy.

“I have bought bears for my granddaughter,” said Ansonia donor Tim Miller who held up a brown teddy. “I saw this one sitting there and it looked like something she would like.”

“I’ve done this a few years,” said donor Michelle Nixon. “I remember one year they had a huge stuffed sheep. It was really cool!”

Kathy Gootee from Greenville also chose a stuffed barnyard friend.  “I picked out a cow,” she said. “I grew up on a farm and I have an affinity for cows!”

Greenville’s Tanya Ryan and Dustin Hufford sat in the Donor Café and talked about how they formed a friendship when they found out they were both donors.  “I was a donor, and she was a donor too, so we started coming together,” said Dustin.

“It’s a great cause,” Tanya said about the stuffed animal gifts to the children.  They pledged to continue supporting Greenville blood drives. “We really enjoy the phone calls saying your blood was used to help someone in the hospital, maybe four days after your donation,” she said.

Tanya Ryan and Dustin Hufford

MIAMISBURG, WEST CARROLLTON UNITY CAMPAIGN COMES FULL CIRCLE WITH AWARD PRESENTATION TO CARE HOUSE

WCHS-MHS Unity Award

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio – The 2017 West Carrollton-Miamisburg High School “Unity in the Community” blood drive campaign came full circle Friday, Dec. 8 in the West Carrollton gym.  At halftime of their basketball game the rivals presented a $1,000 Unity award to the Care House Child Advocacy Center.

The 2017 Unity campaign marked the fourth year the two schools have joined forces to save lives through blood donations and improve lives through charity.

“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between West Carrollton and Miamisburg High Schools, Community Blood Center, and Universal 1 Credit Union.  Universal 1 awards $500 to each high school for holding fall blood drives. The schools combine the awards and take turns designating a charity to receive the $1,000 gift.

The MHS and WCHS Unity blood drives totaled 241 donors and 191 donations.  That support included 160 first-time donors.

It was the Miamisburg Student Government’s year to name the Unity award recipient.  The students chose their favorite charity, the Care House Child Advocacy Center for victims of abuse and neglect.

“They’ve kind of adopted Care House and made a connection,” said Julie Bruns from the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, who represented Care House with Jennie Cole from Montgomery County Children Services.

“The kids enjoy doing it.  This helps Care House provide anything from interviews to medical care to therapy.”

Last year West Carrollton named the BOGG Ministry for the 2016 Unity Award and chose the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter in 2014.

“The two communities work together,” said Miamisburg Principal Craig Morris. “We’re rivals, but I think it’s a good cause for all of us to support. Out students are helping people and families with this project. Most schools preach caring and responsibility for others and this shows it.”

 

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Unity in Community award presentation to Care House Child Advocacy Center: WCHS Student Council members Jada Brown, Shelby Wolf, Kora Mattingly, WCHS Principal Craig Myers, WCHS blood drive coordinator PJ Babb; Miamisburg Student Government members Mackenzie Frantz, Gabrielle Gilkison, Kylie Miller, MHS Principal Craig Morris, MHS blood drive coordinator Jenny Brockert; Mary Cook, Universal 1 Credit Union; Care House representatives Julie Bruns, Montgomery Co. Prosecutor’s Office & Jennie Cole, Montgomery Co. Children Services.

AIR FORCE COMPUTER HACKER BARRY MULLINS CRACKS THE CODE FOR 100 DONATION MILESTONE

Barry Mullins 100 LTD jacket

Beavercreek donor Barry Mullins is a computer hacker by trade, teaching Air Force Institute of Technology students how to be cyber warriors.  But there’s one code he’s learned that has only one way to crack.  To reach 100 lifetime blood donations, you must be a Donor for Life.

Barry achieved the 100th donation milestone Dec. 7 at the Dayton Community Blood Center. It was his sixth donation of the year.  He diligently maintains a maximum pace of six or seven donations per year.  No deviations and no surprises.

“I’ve been coming down and I was waiting for this!” said Barry. “I kept track.”

Leave it to a computer engineer to be very precise about the numbers. Computer Engineering was his major at the University of Evansville and he earned his master’s degree from AFIT. He followed that with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Barry’s career with the U.S. Air Force spans 34 years, including 21 years of active duty.  With global cyber threats and computer warfare on the rise, his current job is especially fulfilling.

“I teach how to hack into computers,” he said. “I hack into computers and teach Air Force people how to do it. We know how the bad guys do it.  It’s the most fun you could ever have!”

He is equally enthused about achieving his 100 donation milestone.  When the New Year comes, he’ll start calculating his next 100 donation milestone. “It’s the right thing to do,” he said.

HOLIDAYS MEAN FAMILY FOR ‘DONOR FOR LIFE’ LOU LUNNE

Louis Lunne 100 LTD

The holidays can get a little hectic for  donor Louis “Lou” Lunne.  His eight strongly-independent children (like Lou, all business owners) and their families will gather under one roof at Christmas.  This year they will also celebrate Lou’s milestone 100th blood donation.

Lou reached his milestone with a platelet donation Dec. 6 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.  He was a donor long before moving to Dayton and donating with CBC.

“I started in ’66 in Cincinnati because a friend of mine was a hemophiliac,” he said.  “In those days it was very common need.”

Lou and his wife Kay moved to Dayton in 1976.  He operated his own financial services business and sold it just last year.  “I volunteer different places,” he said, “but I’m basically retired.”

Lou became an apheresis donor in 2012.  As his business career wound down, his donations ramped up.  He reached his 100th donation with his 21st apheresis donation of the year.

Lou hardly realized that he had reached the 100 milestone, perhaps because there is so much family planning to do this time of year.  Lou and Kay have seven sons and one daughter and 18 grandchildren.  “All of us have our own businesses,” he said, ranging from the financial services to landscaping companies.

As independent business owners, they have chosen to grow their business and families close to home. All are in the Dayton area, except one in Columbus.  One son will host everyone for a holiday dinner a week before Christmas, but Lou and Kay will have the entire family coming and going on Christmas Day.

If Lou’s milestone comes up at the family gatherings, it won’t be because Lou mentioned it. He considers it just another donation.  “I plan to keep going,” Lou said. “So it’s not like any big deal!”