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It’s a fitting tribute to “Meet the Faile Family” in the June issue of the “Beavercreek Neighbors’ magazine, published by Best Version Media. The Failes have long been part of the Community Blood Center family for their dedication to helping save lives through blood donations.

Mary Beth served 10 years as the blood drive coordinator at Patterson Park Church in Beavercreek where her husband David served as an assistant pastor.  David “starred” in a video produced by their daughter Bethany while a senior a Beavercreek High School for her winning entry in the 2012 CBC/Vectren Lead The Way Scholarship competition.

The Failes are inspired by the gift of blood donations that helped save Mary Beth’s life. She began hemorrhaging several days after the normal birth of their third child Cassidy in 2003. She has told her story of survival in CBC publications, and while recruiting donors for the Patterson Park blood drives.  It remains an amazing testimony to the saving grace of blood donations.

The Faile family has changed since CBC first shared Mary Beth’s story.  Bethany graduated with honors from Wright State University, Cassidy is starting high school, and David is now community pastor at First Baptist Church of Kettering. The family has grown with the adoptions of Toby in 2013 and Talia in 2016 from an orphanage in China.

One of the children is deaf, which inspired Mary Beth to teach sign language. David and Mary Beth also lead an adoption support group.

Mary Beth’s blood recipient story…

Mary Beth Faile talks about the day – August 20, 2003 – like it was yesterday.  It was 12 days after the birth of her daughter Cassidy, her third child in a family she envisioned growing by many more.  It was the day one dream died, the devotion of strangers saved a young mother, and a new dream lived.

Mary Beth and her family moved to Beavercreek in 2005 when her husband David became one of the pastors of Patterson Park Church.  They were living in Daytona Beach, FL in 2003 when Cassidy was born, a healthy baby and a normal delivery.  Mary Beth’s doctor says hemorrhaging is practically unheard of 12 days after birth, but she woke in the middle of the night in a panic.  They rushed to the emergency room where she remembers, “Everyone’s eyes were so wide because there was so much blood.”

They transferred her to critical care and began transfusions that continued into the next day. The bleeding wouldn’t stop.  She remembers many people, doctors and clergy, trying to help her.  The invisible people in the room were the blood donors who gave the gift that at this point could only mean the hope for life.

She had received eight pints, and still she was told she her blood level was at “the lowest anyone could be and survive,” and survival was in doubt.  “Toward the afternoon,” she said, in a recollection that to this day causes her voice to break and her eyes to swell with tears, “they told me this was it. I had to say goodbye to my parents over the phone.  I was losing more blood than they could put in.”

Her doctors wanted her to consider a hysterectomy, but she clung to hope.  “I wanted more children,” she said. “I was trying to hold off as long as possible. But there was no option at all.”

Her doctor presented the choice to her this way: “You’ve got to do this. We’ve got to go. You are going to die if we don’t do this, and that (survival) is not a guarantee.  We’ve got 10 minutes to get ready… you’ve got to do it right now.”

It was in that moment of decision that Mary Beth learned about the consequences of choice.  She would give up the dream of bringing more children into the world for the sake of the children who needed her now.  She would give up what she wanted in her heart and fight for life.

What seems an obvious choice now wasn’t so clear that day, even with death so near.  “My pastor was in the room,” she says her husband David told her later.  “He was a Purple Heart winner in Viet Nam.  He said he had never seen so much blood, even in war.”

But with the surgery, which required eight more units of blood, the bleeding and the inexplicable war against her body stopped.  “God pulled me through,” she says.  She says to this day her doctors have no idea why the bleeding started or why it stopped.  But she has used the mystery and the miracle to help others.

“Before this happened to me, I never really considered blood donating.  I knew blood donating was important, but I learned it is definitely life-saving.”  When her church organized a blood drive, she said, “I definitely want to be involved in that.”

When it comes time to go before her congregation and encourage them to support the blood drive, she returns to Aug. 20, 2003 and remembers a mother’s choice and the new way she learned to give life.  “I tell my story,” she says. “Blood drives do save lives.”

The saving grace of blood donations gave Mary Beth the opportunity to see her children grow, and since the publication of this story, she has seen her family grow in new ways.

“Any special event in life, anything they do special, I cry my eyes out,” she says.  “Because I think that I might not have been here.  I cherish every day I’m here because I have so much to be thankful for.”

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Greenview 2017 Red Cord Honor School

JAMESTOWN, Ohio – Greeneview High School went all the way to Friday, May 19 on the school calendar to squeeze in a third blood drive and the region’s final Community Blood Center high school blood drive of the 2016-2017 academic year.

Spring is always a busy time in the high schools and May is the most complicated of all with exams, award events, and graduation all filling up space on the schedule.  Greenview’s blood drive came with just one week left in the school year and graduation coming up June 2.

“We had some scheduling issues with testing rescheduled for today,” said Greeneview’s Chris Robin who serves as the blood drive coordinator and faculty advisor to the National Honor Society, the student blood drive sponsor group. “We have about 20 seniors taking tests, and they’re the biggest givers. But we opened it up to whoever could donate.”

Student donors rose to the challenge, helping the blood drive reach 110 percent of the collection goal with 47 donors and 33 donations.  There was a big boost from 18 first-time donors, Greeneview’s highest number of the year.

Sophomore Kaleb VanHorn was one of the first-time donors.  “I always wanted to,” said Kaleb, who needed a parent’s signature to donate at age 16. “My mom and dad did it when they were growing up.”

Greeneview High’s three blood drives during the 2016-2017 school year totaled 114 donor, 86 donations and 33 first-time donors.

Friday’s final high school blood drive across CBC’s 15-county region rounded out a year of 220 blood drives hosted by 113 high schools, resulting in 14,322 registrations to donate, 6,218 first-time donors and 11,185 blood donations.

CBC also awarded nearly 2,500 Red Cords to graduating seniors who qualified for the Red Cord Honor Program by registering to donate at least three times during their high school years.

“I really want to graduate with the Red Cord,” said junior Hunter Richards who made his first lifetime donation Friday.

Sophomore Hannah McCleese, another 16-year-old donor, was determined to make her first lifetime donation before the end of the school year.  Her reason was simple: “To help people,” she said.

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Lead The Way Winner Karilyn Willenbrink

CASSTOWN, Ohio – Karilyn Willenbrink said goodbye to Miami East High School Monday, May 22 by parading the halls on the Senior Walk, playing saxophone for the last time with the school band, declaring Ohio University as her college, and accepting a $1,000 award from Community Blood Center and Vectren as a Lead The Way Creative Scholarship winner.

Karilyn is one of five Lead The Way winners for 2017, and the second consecutive winner from Miami East High School.  She follows 2016 winner Karson Mahaney.

The applicants were challenged to design a winning marketing campaign for a high school blood drive. They submitted a campaign slogan, explained why it would encourage fellow students to donate, and expressed their campaign theme with one or more innovative and artistic marketing techniques.

CBC’s Dana Puterbaugh presented the award to Karilyn during Monday’s Senior Walk and Declaration Day assembly, a new event introduced by Miami East Principal Todd Gentis. She showed the crowd Karilyn’s winning campaign t-shirt design featuring red vampire lips and fangs and the slogan, “The Blood is The Life”

“That summed up everything blood donation is about: saving lives.” Karilyn said.

Karilyn is a CBC Red Cord Honor graduate with five lifetime blood donations. She was clearly on a mission to bring vampire humor back to school blood drives. “I figured this scholarship was my opportunity to change that,” she wrote in her scholarship application.

Karilyn says her research into Dracula quotes revealed a universal message.

“Not everything in Dracula is scary or painful… there is motivating knowledge that ‘the blood is the life’ and it can save the lives of others.  For those who already donate as much as possible like I do, this will serve as a reminder as to what their visits to Community Blood Center truly mean.”

Karilyn plans to study theater and creative writing at Ohio University and would like to work as an actress, writer, and high school theater director.

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LTW winners Jennifer Felzien, Evan Binkley

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Springfield’s Northeastern High School has dominated the 2017 Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition. Seniors Jennifer Felzien and Evan Binkley won two of the five $1,000 scholarships awarded annually for the brightest blood drive recruitment campaigns.

The applicants were challenged to design a winning marketing campaign for a high school blood drive. They submitted a campaign slogan, explained why it would encourage fellow students to donate, and expressed their campaign theme with one or more innovative and artistic marketing techniques.

It’s the first time since 2014 that a single high school has had two scholarship winners in the same year. CBC’s Cora Johnson presented the award certificates to Jennifer and Evan at Northeastern’s Senior Breakfast Friday, May 19.

Krista Felzien: “Every Drop Has a Story.”

Krista Felzien is not only another Northeastern Lead the Way winner; she’s the second in her family. Her sister Jennifer won a 2014 Lead The Way scholarship with a poetry submission and Krista’s “Every Drop has a Story” campaign was just as creative.

She built a giant “blood bag” display out of paper and plastic tubing and invited donors to interactively participate by adding their thumbprints in red ink after donating. The design included her campaign slogan, “Every Drop has a Story.”

“Each ‘drop of blood’ on the poster is the actual thumbprint of someone who donated blood at the drive I coordinated in December of 2016,” Krista wrote.  “Each donor has their own story, and is leaving a unique imprint on the world and the lives of others.  Like thumbprints, everyone’s story and reason to give is different. In addition, every drop of blood donated gives the recipient the chance to continue their own story.”

At Friday’s presentation Krista said she came up with the idea as a way to thank her church for sponsoring blood drives. “I thought it would be good for donors to do their thumb print as a ‘thank you,’’ she said.  She thinks the ideal would be popular at high school blood drives. “Students like to leave their mark,” she said.

Krista is from South Vienna. She plans to major in nursing at Wright State University and become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Evan Binkley: “Old MacDonald Gave Some Blood, AB-A-B-O.”

Scholarship applicants often use humor to communicate a serious message and Evan Binkley’s “Old MacDonald Gave Some Blood” theme is one of the best.  “I definitely wanted to do something light-hearted to get people comfortable at blood drives,” Evan said at Friday’s presentation.

Evan borrowed the “The Old MacDonald Had a Farm” nursery rhyme for his campaign slogan, “Old MacDonald gave some blood, AB-A-B-O… if Old Mac can do it, so can YOU!”   The illustration for his t-shirt includes a cartoon baby pig and lamb.

“I attend a rural school and the students are always made fun of for being ‘farm kids,’” Evan wrote. “Farming is just one of the many ways one person can help others, i.e. growing food to feed others.

“I know that giving blood, regardless of a person’s occupation, is another example of one way that a person can help others. The farm song is universal, so rural school or not, everyone knows it.”

Evan gave credit to his mom at Friday’s presentation. “My mom is an elementary school teacher,” he said. “That made me think about nursery rhymes, how everybody can relate to them and find them a little bit funny.”

Evan is from Springfield. He plans to major in computer science and engineering and minor in music. He would like to work in the music business or in music therapy.

The 2017 Lead The Way winners include: Aliya Stine from Newton High School, Karilyn Willenbrink from Miami East High School, and Kayla Kohler from Botkins High School.

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It was clear that “the force is strong with this one” when Miamisburg donor Clifford “Cliff” Caldwell settled into the donor bed and cracked open “Star Wars Catalyst – A Rogue One Novel” to read while making his milestone 200th lifetime blood donation.

Cliff is a ’91 graduate of Miamisburg High School, where he was Star Wars fan long before he became a “Donor for Life.”

“I started donating in high school and I just kept it up,” said Cliff. “My mom was a nurse and she always encouraged me to give blood.  She understood how important it is to give blood.  She can’t give anymore so I keep giving for her.”

He went to Cedarville University where he remembers once donating whole blood for a student injured in a car accident.  He’s been donating platelets and plasma since 2010.

“I knew that with apheresis you could give more often, so that’s what I did,” he said.  He reached his 100th donation milestone as an apheresis donor and was closing in on his 200th last year.   He made 14 apheresis donations in 2016, but hit a snag toward the end of the year.

After three consecutive unsuccessful apheresis donations he tried giving whole blood. He credits phlebotomist Chloe Lehwald for finding just the right touch on that donation, and it was Chloe who helped Cliff reach his 200th donation milestone with a plasma donation.

“I didn’t know if I’d make it after I had so many no-draws in a row,” he said. “But Chloe was brave enough to try it!”

Cliff started donating in high school, but his interest in the Star Wars saga goes back to middle school.

“I saw ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ in middle school,” he said. “For some reason they showed it to us for free in our auditorium.”

As Cliff talked about the “Catalyst” novel he is reading and his expectation for the movies still to come in the Star Wars saga, it occurred to him that he had made the wrong choice of t-shirt to wear for his 200th donation.

“I should have worn the ‘Rogue Blood Donor’ t-shirt,” he said, remembering the CBC t-shirt from December 2016 that celebrated the release of the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Ironically it was in December that he was having trouble donating, but he didn’t give up.

“That’s my favorite t-shirt I have,” he said.  May the force continue to be with you Cliff!


OH Summer 17 Wings Wheel Slate

DAYTON, Ohio – Community Blood Center is scouting for donors this summer, and banking on a true American legend to help boost the summer blood supply.

An “Indian Scout Sixty,” descended from the historic line of America’s legendary Indian Motorcycle Company, is the grand prize in the CBC “Scouting for Donors Summer Blood Drive 2017” campaign.

Everyone who registers to donate blood at a CBC Donor Center or a CBC mobile blood drive from May 26 through Sept. 2 will be automatically entered in the drawing to win the Scout Sixty.  Donors must be 18 by the end of the campaign period to win.

Eligible donors can enter the drawing a second time when they register for a second donation during the blood drive period. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com.

CBC is promising a dream machine to one very lucky blood donor in order to help boost the blood supply during the challenging summer months.

The Indian Motorcycle website describes the Scout Sixty as, “Experty balanced. Lightweight.  And primed with 61 inches of liquid-cooled American muscle.”  The Scout Sixty is a cruiser with a 999 cc V-twin engine.  The grand prize motorcycle in the “Scouting for Donors” drawing is red, Indian’s trademark color.

CBC will select the winner from a group of 10 randomly-drawn finalists in mid-September.  Official rules are available at www.givingblood.org .

“Our mission, in every season of the year, is to deliver the necessary blood to our area hospitals, where it is counted on to save lives.” said CBC Donor Relations Director Andrew Keelor.  “We hope the dream of owning a classic motorcycle will be an extra incentive to our regular donors and potential new donors during the summer months when people sometimes get too busy to donate.”

Everyone who registers to donate during the summer months will receive a free “Scouting for Donors Summer Blood Drive” t-shirt.  There will be three t-shirt designs during the “Scouting for Donors” campaign.

“Giving Blood, Saving Lives, That’s How I Roll! Donate Blood” is the slogan of the first t-shirt, offered May 30 through July 1.  The t-shirt is blue and features a winged motorcycle wheel emblem.


About the legendary Indian Scout Sixty…

George Hendee founded the Hendee Manufacturing Company in 1897 to manufacture bicycles in Springfield, Massachusetts. One bicycle carried the brand name “American Indian.” It was shortened to “Indian” and adopted for the “Indian Motocycle Company.”

Hendee teamed with Oscar Hedstrom to produce the first motorcycle sold in 1902. In 1904 the company introduced the deep red color that would become Indian’s trademark.

Indian built more than 50,000 motorcycles for the U.S. military during World War I, but lost sales at home and was overtaken as the top U.S. motorcycle company by Harley-Davidson.

Indian introduced the Scout in 1920 with its revolutionary gearbox and it became one of the company’s most successful models.

Harley-Davidson claimed most of the military contracts during World War II.  Indian production fell and manufacturing ended in 1953.

The brand name passed through a succession of owners, but the Scout continued to be part of many speed records. Polaris Industries took over in 2011 and expanded the line.

The Indian Scout Sixty was introduced in 2015 as an expertly-balanced and lightweight cruiser with a 999 cc V-twin engine.



Gwen Schroeder 100 LTD RICHMOND, Indiana – It was easy to spot Gwen Schroeder during her 19 years with the City of Richmond, most of it with the Parks & Recreation Department.  She was always wearing purple.  “I was the purple boss lady,” she said.

So of course she wore purple to make her milestone 100th lifetime blood donation at the May 2 blood drive at Reid Health.  She chose an Earlham College t-shirt.  Earlham’s team colors are maroon and white, but they do make a purple t-shirt.

Community Blood Center accountant representative Melinda Frech thought Gwen would like the dark blue “Military Appreciation Month” t-shirt given to donors at the blood drive. “Melinda told me it would not be purple,” said Gwen. “I said, yea right!”

“I just like purple,” she said. “My kitchen and bathroom are lavender.  My bedroom has purple carpet. I even have a purple bowling ball. I used to have a purple van.  They don’t make that purple anymore, so I have a purple license plate frame on my new car.”

“It makes it easier for everybody when you get older,” she reasoned.  “Your family can give you anything in purple and they know you’ll like it.”

Gwen can talk until she’s blue in the face about her fondness for purple.  But her true color is red when it comes to giving blood.  As she has grown older, so has her dedication to donating.

“Because I have parents who are elderly, and I know the value of donating blood,” she said.  That awareness keeps her steadfast to her donation routine. But like her long history with “the color purple,” the journey to her 100th donation began many years ago. “It seemed like the right thing to do,” she said.

The day of Gwen’s donation marked a new day with expanded hours for the bimonthly Reid Health blood drives.

Reid hosts six blood drives a year in Lingle Hall, traditionally on Fridays. Beginning with the May 2 blood drive, the new blood drive day is now Tuesday.  The blood drives are also three hours longer with the new hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The goal is to accommodate more community members who would like to donate at Reid after work.