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