GIVING CCP A ‘NO DOUBTER’ FOR CRISIS WARRIOR ADAM CLOUSE

DAYTON, Ohio – Adam Clouse is an active, young professional in Dayton who started donating blood when he was an undergraduate at Cedarville University and continued donating at LexisNexis blood drives.  He was surprised when he tested positive for COVID-19 and never expected his 24th lifetime donation would be a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) donation.

“I’m a regular giver anyway, so I know there’s always a need,” said Adam as he made his first CCP donation Sept. 17 at Community Blood Center.  “As soon as I found out they were specifically looking for those who had tested positive, it was a no-doubter. I was absolutely coming to do it. I’m happy to do it.”

Adam is a Wisconsin native who came to Cedarville to play basketball and get his business degree. He earned his MBA at the University of Dayton and works in corporate financing at LexiNexis. He may have been exposed to the coronavirus when he traveled to Wisconsin to serve as a counselor at a bible study camp in early August, but he’s not sure.

“The only symptoms I had were no taste and no smell,” he said. “I never had a fever or a cough. I thought it might have been the bible camp, that week and a half that I was in Wisconsin.  But no one else had a positive test. It could have been on the way.”

Adam will donate again in early October, which is sooner than the usual whole blood deferment because he will again be donating CCP. As a CCP “Crisis Warrior” he knows his antibody-rich blood will go directly to helping to a COVID-19 patient. It will also be his milestone 25th lifetime donation.

McDONALD’S SPONSORS OCTOBER ‘McFRIDAY’ BLOOD DRIVES AT CBC

DAYTON Ohio – Dayton area McDonald’s will sponsor blood drives every Friday in October at the Dayton Community Blood Center to help meet the critical need for blood during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to emphasize the distinct demand for blood to treat cancer patients.

The first “McDonald’s October McFriday Blood Drive” is Friday, Oct. 2 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dayton CBC Donation Center, 349 South Main St. Everyone who registers to donate will receive one free coupon for any McDonald’s sandwich, sponsored by Dayton McDonald’s Operator Debbie Wright.  Donors must make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or by calling (937) 461-3220.

Donors will also receive the “Wake Up It’s Time to Support the Fight” t-shirt honoring October Breast Cancer Awareness Month or can chose the “Wake Up & Give” or “Time to Save a Life” t-shirt from earlier in the “Wake Up & Donate” campaign.

Registered donors will also be automatically entered in the “Wake Up & Donate” drawing to win a custom comfort Sleep Number bed.  The final day to enter the drawing by registering to donate is Oct. 31.

OCTOBER IS A VITAL TIME TO DONATE:

  • “Cancer is not cancelled” by COVID-19. Blood component transfusions are vitally important for the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma patients. October is the traditional time to remember that blood products are especially important for those fighting breast cancer and all forms of the disease.
  • CBC continues to see cancelled blood drives and frequent blood shortages. Many businesses and organizations cannot host blood drives due to continued COVID-19 related interruptions.  High schools with remote learning have cancelled blood drives, and high school blood drives still scheduled are at reduced capacity.
  • CBC is seeking COVID-19 survivors to become “Crisis Warriors” by donating their antibody-rich plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. CCP donors will receive the “COVID-19 Crisis Warrior” t-shirt.  Learn more and register to donate CCP at www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220.

MIAMI U. GETS BACK TO CAMPUS & BACK TO DONATING WITH GREEK WEEK BLOOD DRIVE

OXFORD, Ohio – Campus blood drives are a proud tradition at Miami University and its partnership with Community Blood Center is unparalleled. But the 42nd annual Greek Week Blood Drive Sept. 21 and Sept. 23 in the Armstrong Student Center will hold a special place in history. 

Students were sent home in the spring as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated and they began the fall semester on-line. About 40% of students began returning to campus last week to begin in-person classes Monday, Sept. 21. On the same day they carried on the tradition of the Greek Week Blood Drive.

The familiar Greek Week competitions and gatherings were cancelled, but the university allowed the blood drive to continue as a special exception.  The number of donors was limited to ensure ample social distancing in Fritz Pavilion, donors wore masks and had their temperatures checked at the door.

Despite the constraints, the two-day blood drive totaled 149 donors and 120 blood donations for 120% of collection goal. True to Greek Week Blood Drive tradition, the blood drive was dominated by 73 first-time donors.

The Greeks made Miami the birthplace of CBC college blood drives with the first Greek Week Blood Drive in 1978.  It became a two-day blood drive in 2007 and solidified its dominance as CBC’s largest blood drive. Miami remains CBC’s longest-standing blood drive partner.

By the high standards of previous years, the totals will seem small. But the Greek Week tradition continued and contributed to the CBC blood supply during a time of critical need.

Greeks were rewarded with service hours and the blood drive continued a trend of sorority donors outnumbering their fraternity counterparts.  This year 87% of donors were female.

“For every year here I’ve don’t it for Greek Week,” said Emma Blackburn, a junior from Loveland. “I donated my freshman year, even before I was in a sorority. I noticed my freshman year I waited an hour before I donated, there were so many people. Now it’s the opposite of that!”

“We got a bunch of emails that our sorority sent out,” said Kassidy Tensing, a sophomore from Cincinnati. “I’ve donated before and my dad has always given blood.”

“I’ve always wanted to donate,” said Emma Coleman, a junior from Portsmouth donating in support of her sorority Alpha Xi Delta. “With the blood shortage I wanted to get out there and donate. It’s life-saving.”

Greek Week is the first of the fall semester blood drives with five more scheduled in Armstrong Student Center. The next is Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Freshmen Lillian Calhoun from Xenia and Lily Burbridge from Copley have signed up the Oct. 13 blood drive. “We’re here for moral support today,” said Lillian.  “I’m really happy we’re here, I’m very excited!”

“I’m also glad we’re allowed to be here now,” said Lily. “It’s a lot easier to be in an academic environment and not in my house with my mom and dad working from home!”

They’re glad they have a chance to donate on campus. “Especially with so many things cancelled,” said Lily, “and so few willing to donate right now, people who can’t go out and do that.”

HOW COVID-19 HAS IMPACTED SOME MIAMI DONORS

Regan Madigan is a junior from Columbus who made her first lifetime donation at the Greek Week Blood Drive. She was studying abroad for the spring semester at the Miami University Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg when COVID-19 disrupted her plans. “I was supposed to be there for the semester and came home March 13,” she said. “It was a little overwhelming! My parents were visiting. They were on the plane when Trump announced the travel ban. They landed in Amsterdam, then their flight was delayed. They met me and we went home together. It was a little hectic. One flight was cancelled but we got another one. I was extremely nervous when we landed in Washington, D.C. at Dulles Airport. The whole process of screening – that made me very nervous.”

Emma Blackburn, a junior from Loveland, made her fifth lifetime donation at Greek Week. “I actually donated last year at the last blood drive after all the classes were cancelled,” she said. “I was able to donate then. I only have one in-person class this semester. The rest of the professors are online the entire time.”

Abigail Gilbert is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado who donated often while in high school and made her first donation with CBC at the Greek Week Blood Drive. “Everybody is being very careful in Denver,” she said. “I’m a nursing student so I had to be back in August. We’re in the lab.” Abigail has five lifetime donations.

Madeline Deets is a sophomore from Minneapolis. “You didn’t go downtown, it was too dangerous,” she said about the protest and civil unrest that followed the George Floyd killing. “I gave blood this summer for the first time,” she said, and made her first donation with CBC at the Greek Week blood drive. “I was not surprised about the blood drive being here.”

MILESTONE DONATION WITH CBC REMINDS DANIEL HARTNAGEL OF SPORTS CAR DAYS & CALL OF DUTY

DAYTON, Ohio – West Milton donor Daniel Hartnagel made his 100th lifetime blood donation Sept. 15 at the Community Blood Center.  It was a milestone on his “Donor for Life” journey that brought back some of the best memories of his youth and some of the worst.

Daniel grew up in Belmont and began donating as a teenager at Chaminade High School. He can recall when Community Blood Center’s current location on South Main St. was a car dealership. CBC moved down Main St. from the Fidelity building to the new location in 1976.

“It was a Buick, Austin Healey, and MG dealership,” he said. “There was a Chrysler dealership on South Ludlow, a Chevrolet dealership on the other side of the tracks on Main St. and a Pontiac dealership where the Packard Museum is.  There were five or six I remember within a few blocks of here.

“Everything was completely different than it is right now. The showroom was here,” he said, pointing from his donor bed in the northeast corner of the donor room. “I always wanted a sports car and I would come here after school and look at cars.”

His first car was a ’67 Pontiac, not the sports car of his dreams, but close enough. The car is long gone. More vivid are the remembrances he wears on his cap: the Army Infantry patch, Combat Infantry medal, Purple Heart and Bronze Star he earned in the Vietnam War.

“In ’68 I was drafted and went to Vietnam and served in the infantry for one year,” he said. “I basically went into combat right away.”

His Purple Heart? “I was in an armored infantry unit and traveled in a personnel carrier,” he said. “One hit a land mine, an ‘IED’ in modern terms. That happened a lot and people were killed. You pretty much didn’t go a week without someone being killed. I was injured and evacuated and was back in the field in about four days.”

The Bronze Star? “That was kind of doing my job, involved in an intense combat situation,” he said. “It would happen sporadically. You never knew. You would go for a while with nothing happening, and then… Living with that constant threat of death was stressful.”

In the decades since he has been a dedicated blood donor, averaging four whole blood donations per year. “My brother started, and that motived me,” he said.

He always donates at the CBC Donor Center, returning to the part of town in his youth that was once car dealership row. “I drive down the street and everything is gone,” he said. “Everything is different.”

Unchanged is why he still comes back. He gives blood, he said, “because it is the right thing to do.”

TRADITIONS CARRY ON AT VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS, STEVE KNAPKE MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE

VERSAILLES, Ohio – In August the 69th annual Versailles Poultry Days adjusted to pandemic precautions but carried on.  A month later, the same was true of the fourth annual Steve Knapke Memorial Blood Drive, co-sponsored by the Versailles Poultry Days Committee Sept. 21at the Versailles Knights of Columbus hall.

Blood drive restrictions under COVID-19 meant the Knapke family and committee members couldn’t spend the day welcoming donors and serving special refreshments in the Donor Café. Despite this year’s challenges, the blood drive equaled last year’s total of 150 donors.  Platelet and plasma donors increased to 16 and whole blood donations to 139 for 110% of the collection goal.

Steve Knapke was inspired to become a donor after needing blood transfusions to survive a 1988 auto accident. He became a platelet donor and totaled 81 lifetime donations. Tragically, another car accident in 2016 claimed his life and injured his wife Lois. The first Steve Knapke Memorial Blood Drive was in 2018.

“I knew Steve and I know the family,” said Dennis Mestemaker as he donated platelets for his 157th lifetime donation. “I do this all the time. I remember him donating platelets. He was a good guy.”

“I know the family,” said Steve Cordonnier, who made his 74th whole blood donation. “Lois was the school nurse and my wife was a teacher. He was a blood donor too. I remember I would come to the blood drive and I’d see him. It was just so tragic. And tragedy just followed him from the first accident to the second.”

Jackie Kremer made her 105th lifetime donation Monday in support of the Knapke family and the Poultry Days committee. She is treasurer of the Versailles School District and worked with Lois Knapke when she was the school nurse.  Jackie was also a Poultry Committee volunteer for 17 years and the first female committee chair.

Despite the pandemic, the 69th annual Poultry Days carried on as a socially-distanced event Aug. 14-16. The festival cancelled all social activities, but managed to barbecue, package and sell 21,850 chicken dinners.

“This year it was chicken only,” said Jackie. “People drove up and waited in line forever! They eventually had to get more chicken – they didn’t know everyone would support it like they did. It is our main fundraiser.”

DONORS HONOR LEGACY OF ‘MR. WAYNESVILLE’ LONNIE SCHEAR

WAYNESVILLE, Ohio – Connie Schear was never alone during a long winter spent recovering from the accident that claimed the life of her husband Lonnie. Her family and friends were at her side again to help honor “Mr. Waynesville” at the first Lonnie Schear Memorial Blood Drive held Sept. 19 at the Waynesville Masonic Temple.

Lonnie was known as “Mr. Waynesville” for his long career as vice president of the Waynesville LCNB National Bank and his leadership in countless community projects, including chairing Waynesville’s annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

Lonnie and Connie were both dedicated blood donors and Waynesville blood drive coordinator Roger Leisure proposed dedicating the Sept. 19 community blood drive in Lonnie’s memory.

Connie was seriously injured in the Jan. 18 car accident and spent weeks in the hospital. She received blood transfusions and is temporarily deferred from donating. She visited the blood drive Saturday while her daughter Nikki Deters donated in Lonnie’s memory.

“It was wonderful that you guys did this,” said Connie, overwhelmed at times by emotion. “It’s just hard. It was very, very nice. Roger is a super, super guy.”

Roger made his 124th lifetime donation Saturday to help the blood drive total 39 donors and 33 donations for 100% of collection goal.

Donating side-by-side at the blood drive were friends Sue Corwin and Tammy Smith. Sue graduated from Waynesville High in 1967 with Lonnie, and Tammy grew up with Nikki.  They were both part of the “Team Lonnie” support group for Connie.

“That’s what we called ourselves,” said Sue. “There were 10 of us doing constant vigil for her all the time at the hospital for at least three weeks, and rehab at Quaker Heights for probably a month.”

“I haven’t given blood in a while, but it was for Connie,” said Tammy. “Connie was my babysitter when I was six weeks old! Nikki and I are the same age and best friends.”

They agreed the nickname “Mr. Waynesville” fit Lonnie perfectly because of the time and energy he devoted to community service.  “There were things I didn’t even know until his memorial,” said Sue.

“He was involved with the fair for 40 years,” said Tammy. “He would stay to the very end, to make sure to see every student and their animal.”

“He was treasurer of the Waynesville High Alumni Association,” said Sue, noting that as a banker Lonnie was always asked to help with finances. “Waynesville is one of the only places in the country that has a continued alumni celebration that brings together all graduates every year.”

His community service included 37 lifetime blood donations, while Connie has 91 lifetime donations. Lonnie was a volunteer firefighter, and Connie said the entire department would travel to the Dayton Community Blood Center to donate.

“He volunteered with the rescue squad and the fire department for more than 30 years,” said Connie. “He worked in town and a lot of time made runs with a suit and tie on. Once when the firehouse was on fire, Lonnie was running down the street in his suit and tie to get the truck out before it burned up.”

The memories bring smiles and tears. “This is fine,” said Connie. “It’s good that I’m crying instead of holding it in. It’s rough. We were married almost 48 years.”

“It was devastating,” Sue said. “It still is. Not only for us that were so close emotionally with Lonnie, it is for the entire community.”

LCNB has donated $25,000 to launch a scholarship foundation in Lonnie’s honor. His friends believe a call to giving blood as a community service is another fitting legacy for “Mr. Waynesville.”

“I don’t even remember the first 10 days,” Connie said. “I have no recollection. I pulled through. I just wish Lonnie had too. He was going to retire in 12 days and had all these things planned we were going to do.”

CBC FACING CRITICAL NEED FOR BLOOD DONATIONS

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is in critical need of blood types A positive, O positive and type B and is calling on donors to help avert a blood shortage. Donors must make an appointment at www.DonorTime.com or by calling (937) 461-3220. 

Donors can help CBC protect against COVID-19 by wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing at blood drives. Scheduling appointments throughout the week will help CBC maintain adequate staffing and reduce waiting.

Nearly 75% of the population is either blood type A positive or O positive, and type B represents an additional 10% of the population.  These blood types are currently in high demand and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder CBC blood collection.

More than 85% of CBC collections come from mobile blood drives, including 17% from high schools. Due to COVID-19 multiple business and high school blood drives have been cancelled as many employees continue to work from home and more students are now learning from home.

FALL IS A VITAL TIME TO DONATE:

  • “Cancer is not cancelled” by COVID-19. September is a time to recognize how blood transfusions are vitally important for the treatment of leukemia and lymphoma patients. October is the traditional time to remember that blood products are equally important for those fighting breast cancer and all forms of the disease.
  • September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month, a time to increase awareness and education about the need for minority blood donations for those affected by sickle cell disease. Sickle cell patients receive frequent blood transfusions to help manage the disease and prevent serious complications including stroke, acute chest syndrome, and severe anemia.
  • CBC continues to see cancelled blood drives and frequent blood shortages. Many businesses and organizations cannot host blood drives due to continued COVID-19 related interruptions.  High schools with remote learning have cancelled blood drives, and high school blood drives still scheduled are at reduced capacity.
  • CBC is seeking COVID-19 survivors to become “Crisis Warriors” by donating their antibody-rich plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. CCP donors will receive the “COVID-19 Crisis Warrior” t-shirt.  Learn more and register to donate CCP at www.GivingBlood.org or call (937) 461-3220.

STEPHEN SEXTRO IS DRIVEN TO HELP OTHERS AFTER HARD LESSONS OF COVID-19

DAYTON, Ohio – Stephen Sextro has learned some hard lessons from the COVID-19.  The first was that he couldn’t beat the coronavirus on his own. He survived a desperate drive to the emergency room and was even more surprised to wake up the next day. But he also learned that his blood is very rare and that it can help others.

Stephen made his first COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) donation Sept. 8 at Community Blood Center. In July he spent eight days in the hospital, and some of that battle with COVID-19 is still a blur. But he is focused now on giving CCP to help with the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

“I knew I had it,” he said. “Me and my girlfriend got tested. Four or five days before, I didn’t feel good. The doctor said stay home and quarantine. If it gets worse, go to the hospital.”

First Stephen’s girlfriend was the first to need hospitalization. Two days later, it was his turn.

“I woke up with 103 degree temperature and drove myself to the hospital,” he said. “My girlfriend was being released when I drove myself in and was picking up our daughter when I got here.”  It was a harrowing journey from his east Dayton home to Kettering Medical Center and ended with a jolt. “I bumped into a pole when I parked my truck.”

He did not expect to make it through the night.

“The next day when I woke up – as bad as I felt when I drove myself there – I was surprised I was still alive,” he said. “I went to sleep and didn’t expect to wake up the next day. I felt so bad, I could hardly breathe.”

He said his doctor discussed a convalescent plasma transfusion but decided to wait. “It took a long time to recover,” he said. “Three and a half days to break it. I was six days before they were tuning down the oxygen.  They wouldn’t let me leave until I was off oxygen for 24 hours.”

He finally went home on July 18.

“I tell people I’m the only one I know that had it that bad,” he said. “My girlfriend was hospitalized for it, but I had it the worst.”

The experience of COVID-19 made Stephen aware that antibody-rich plasma from coronavirus survivors like himself is helping treat patients.

Through the process of becoming a CCP donor he also learned his blood is especially rare.  His blood type is AB-negative, found in only a small fraction of the population.  It also makes him a universal plasma donor for anyone in need.

SEPTEMBER SICKLE CELL AWARENESS MONTH: BROTHER & SISTER BLOOD BOND

DAYTON, Ohio – The sounds of harmony hangs in the air at the Copher house – violin, flute and ballet for Sydnei, 15, and piano for Antonio Junior, 16. The love of a, b, c, d, e, f, g – the seven notes of music – are in their blood. That’s not the only blood-bond the two siblings share; they also share sickle cell disease, a blood disorder impacting their red blood cells.

Synthia Copher first found out that she was a carrier for sickle cell disease when she was in elementary school. But after her and her husband, Antonio, lost a child Antonio was tested, and they discovered he was also a carrier. They were told that their children would have a one in four chance of having the disease.

Sickle cell disease causes the body to make sickle-shaped red blood cells. “Sickle-shaped” means that the red blood cells are shaped like a crescent. Normal red blood cells look like doughnuts without holes in the center. The shape allows the cells to move easily through your blood vessels.

Sickle cells are stiff and sticky. The sticky cells can block blood flow in the blood vessels, which can cause organ damage and can cause those with the disease to go into a sickle cell crisis.

A sickle cell crisis is marked by severe pain throughout the body as the blood cells “stick together,” trying to move through the body.

Both siblings are “frequent flyers” at Dayton Children’s, being hospitalized numerous times throughout their life with a sickle cell crisis. Last year, Antonio was inpatient six times. Prior to that, Antonio had gone years without being hospitalized.

“There’s not really a rhyme or reason for the crisis,” he says. “But the doctors attribute it to significant swings in the weather and a big growth spurt.”

Both siblings are excited to serve as Dayton Children’s ambassadors to help them continue to create a sense of understanding and harmony for others who have the same condition.

“They will say ‘sickle cell has me, but it doesn’t stop me,’” Synthia says. “I think that’s so powerful because despite the pain and sometimes setbacks, they don’t miss a beat.”

Both Antonio Jr. and Sydnei regularly see Mukund Dole, MD, pediatric hematologist and oncologist and program director of the West Central Ohio Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, who helps manage their sickle cell disease. Antonio is also closely watched for asthma and minor kidney issues. Antonio Jr. started taking piano lessons five years ago from an instructor at Stivers, where his sister Sydnei attends high school and is actively involved in the orchestra and dance.

“Piano calms me when I’m feeling bad,” says Antonio. Sydnei shares her broth- er’s sentiments, “Music and dance make me feel free,” she says. “I can’t have a bad day when I’m floating in the air.”

Growing up, they learned something was different when they wanted to try different activities like track and field and had to sit out in gym class. They were quickly encouraged by their mom to try something else, like music.

“I remember getting really winded when I was on the playground around kindergarten and asking my mom why,” Antonio shares. “We started to understand that we weren’t like other kids that could run and jump, but we could play music.”

Giving back is contagious in the Copher house. Synthia’s focus on the positive led her to get involved in the sickle cell advisory committee, become a parent partner at Dayton Children’s and join the Midwest Ohio sickle cell collaborative. Last year, Antonio Jr. donated a generous portion of his earnings from his first job to the West Central Ohio Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. And Sydnei has been actively involved in volunteering at the Foodbank after the tornadoes struck Dayton over Memorial Day.

“Getting involved in our community gives us an outlet to share our story of hope with others,” she said. “I want other moms to know that although their child may have this illness, some days will be hard and you will spend time in the hospital, but you will survive this.”

When Antonio was first diagnosed at his newborn screening, I remember being very overwhelmed about what I read online, I was so worried that he wouldn’t live a normal life,” Synthia shares.

Though they knew the risks, they experienced shock and a ‘déjà vu moment’ when they welcomed Sydnei into the world and learned she too had sickle cell disease.

Though both teens suffer from a life-long condition, most would never know based on their positive attitude and active roles in the community. “It took me awhile to flip my attitude from one of fear and worry for my kids into something positive,” Synthia shares. “And my positive attitude caught on. Both kids are actively involved in volun- teering in the community and raising awareness about sickle cell disease.”

Story reprinted from Dayton Children’s Hospital

‘SPINNING TO ADVANCE APHERESIS MEDICINE’ ON APHERESIS AWARENESS DAY

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is proud to join the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) in celebrating Tuesday, Sept. 15 as Apheresis Awareness Day, now officially recognized on the third Tuesday in September.

The purpose is to raise awareness of apheresis treatments made possible by platelet, plasma, double red blood cell and COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) donations and to honor the apheresis donors and practitioners dedicated to helping save lives.

Platelet and plasma donors are in high demand. These blood components are critical for the treatment of cancer, trauma, transplant, and burn patients.

Registration and screening are similar to a whole blood donation, but the actual donation takes a little longer. Blood is drawn from one arm and channeled into an automated system. It spins the blood, separating and collecting platelets or plasma, then returns all remaining blood components to the donors.

The automated centrifuge process is why “Spinning to Advance Apheresis Medicine” is the slogan for Apheresis Awareness Day.

Automated double red blood cell donations are encouraged for type O donors. Safely donating two units of red cells helps increase the supply commonly used in surgery and the emergency treatment of trauma patients.  

CBC asks apheresis donors to take part in the “Big 6 Platelet Challenge” by donating at least every two months and collecting all six t-shirt designs.

CBC also encourages COVID-19 survivors to become “Crisis Warriors” by donating their antibody-rich plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. CCP donors receive the “COVID-19 Crisis Warrior” t-shirt.  

Find out more at www.GivingBlood.org  or talk to an apheresis specialist at (937) 461-3220.

MEET SOME OF CBC’S PLATELET DONORS:

Dayton donor Betty Rabold has 393 lifetime donations and will soon become only the fifth female donor at Community Blood Center to reach 400 donations. “She is always willing to come in when we need her and calls often to see if we need her!” said CBC account development representative Nicole Thruston. Betty began donating n 1975 and has been a platelet donor since 1991. “I’ve always tried to come about once a month,” she said. “This is a good thing that I can do, and I keep on coming back.”

Springfield donor Brian Lindamood began donating platelets and plasma in 2011 and now has 83 lifetime donations.  He donates monthly at the Maiden Lane Church of God community blood drive. “He is very eager to donate and always encourages people to donate,” said Nicole. “When he had to take a year off for health issues, he encouraged his son to donate and now his son is a regular donor.”

“I am inspired to donate by the constant need for platelets or plasma in the local community,” said Brian. “It is the way I have chosen to give to those in need. Sort of a ‘pay it forward.’ When I get a message that my blood was used to save a life it makes me feel good that I could help. 

“Anyone who is thinking of donating should at least give it a try. The process is straight forward and easy. The staff is very kind and make you feel at ease. You will be glad you did!”

Beavercreek donor Kurt Lafky has been donating whole blood and platelets since 2008 and has 78 lifetime donations. “He is so passionate about giving,” said Nicole. “He donates as much as he can at his church (Patterson Park) and in the Dayton center.”

Springfield donor Todd Arantz is a new platelet donor who has made a big impact at CBC.“He moved here from Tennessee in January and has become a regular donor by donating 14 times already this year,” said Nicole. “I started donating platelets to help cancer patients and anybody in need of platelets,” said Todd. “I would tell anybody that is looking to donate to jump in and do it. The CBC staff is awesome and make it a very easy process.”