Dayton donor Glenn “Scott” Bailey is a proud member of the apheresis team of donors at Community Blood Center. It was with extra pride that he celebrated his milestone 200th lifetime donation by giving platelets on May 3 at the Dayton CBC.
“I knew it was coming!” Scott said of his milestone. “It feels great. It’s a great way to give back. It costs just a little bit of time.”
Scott has always been willing to take time to donate. His “Donor for Life” journey began back in 1977. “I was at Ohio University and there was a blood drive,” he said. “I was a freshman down there and I decided to donate.”
Scott spent 23 years working at the Emery Worldwide Midwestern hub at the Dayton International Airport, where he would often donate at mobile blood drives. Emery ceased operations in 2001 and Scott went to work for Caterpillar in Clayton. Scott and his wife Kim have been married 15 years and have a daughter.
Scott would frequently come downtown to the Dayton CBC to donate whole blood, and in 2003 he became a platelet and plasma donor. “I was finding out more about apheresis when they asked me about it,” he said. “I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Scott tries to donate every two weeks. He drew closer to his 200th milestone with 20 donations in 2017 and reached the goal with his seventh donation of 2018.
“I’m glad I can do it,” he said. “I’ll keep doing it as long as I can.”
Dayton donor Justin Adams was pumped up about making his milestone 100th lifetime donation on April 7 at the Dayton Community Blood Center, and he was still pumped when he returned for his 101st on May 3.
“When I donated on April 7 it was the 20th anniversary of donating for the first time on my 17th birthday,” Justin said. He gives credit to his mom for inspiring his “Donor for Life” journey.
“My mom had been donating for years,” he said. “I remember she told me they can donate at 17 and I said ‘Sure!’”
Justin became a regular donor at the Dayton CBC and continued to donate when he went off to school at Earlham College in Richmond. “I was religious there too!” he said.
He missed donating while in graduate school at the University of Michigan, and quickly got back on schedule when he returned to Dayton. In 2009 be began donating platelets. “As soon as I came back from graduate school, right after my first time donating again, they asked me about apheresis.”
Justin enjoys his work installing software for Tyler Technologies. He and his wife Joanna celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary this week.
He reached his 100 donation milestone with his fourth platelet donation of 2018 and is well on his way to maintaining his average of about nine platelet donations per year. It’s just part of the journey for a “Donor for Life.”
Kettering donor Mary Moorman is a “Donor for Life” who learned by example and has set an example in her family for giving blood. She’s a dedicated platelet donor and celebrated her milestone 200th lifetime donation on May 4 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
“I started donating at my first job, a company in Eaton called Dayton Flexible Products,” Mary said. “We had a mobile blood drive a few times a year. It seemed like something good to do. My father was always a blood donor. I remember him donating when I was growing up near Chillicothe.”
Mary has been a platelet donor since December of 2005. She tries to donate every two weeks. She drew closer to her 200th milestone with 18 donations in 2017 and reached the goal with her 10th donation of 2018.
“I remember when they asked would I consider doing platelets,” she said. “I started and had have been giving platelets ever since. It worked out fine!”
Mary schedules her donations around her part-time work schedule and also finds time for quilting and traveling. Her husband Doug works at the University of Dayton Research Institute and they just celebrated their 36th anniversary.
She learned about donating from her dad, and passed it on to her own daughter. “I was donating when my daughter was young and I would bring her with me,” she said. “She’s a donor now.”