DAYTON, Ohio – Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is keeping her 2020 resolution to give blood as often as she can. She visited Community Blood Center Oct. 1 to donate in support of the critical need for blood during the COVID-19 pandemic and to honor October Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Thursday marked Mayor Whaley’s fourth visit to CBC since donating at the Dec. 27, 2019 New Year’s Resolution Blood drive, when she resolved to donate on a regular basis in 2020. The rise of the COVID-19 pandemic has motivated her even more.
“It does, it does,” she said. “Listen, we need to keep doing efforts that think of our neighbors and think of our community and one thing that is easy to do is to give blood.”
Mayor Whaley now has 10th lifetime donations. She considers donating a necessary part of working through the challenges of COVID-19.
“It’s becoming normalized,” she said. “We’re very used to wearing our masks and used to doing our day to day things with due diligence. We look forward to the day when we get to the other side of this pandemic. But in the meantime, we still have to make sure we have blood for the folks who need it the most. This is something you can do that is safe and easy and we really encourage people if they can to come on down and give blood at the Community Blood Center.”
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.