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DAYTON, Ohio – In a year that saw the University of Dayton welcome a new president and say goodbye to the Flyers basketball coach, one part of UD identity remained unchanged: dedication to serving others and saving lives.

UD hosted its eighth and final Community Blood Center blood drive of the 2016-2017 academic year at the RecPlex Wednesday, April 19 with the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health professional fraternity serving as the student sponsor group.

It’s the end of the semester with final exams coming on fast, but the Flyers put down the books long enough to support the blood drive with 74 donors, including 21 first-time donors and 60 donations for 103 percent of the collection goal.

“My organization (AED) sponsors the blood drive,” said Keelan Day, a junior from San Antonio, Texas. “I had some time in the day for it and I hadn’t donated yet this year.”

Keelan will be working for the Dayton Dragons as a video technician this summer.  Her fellow fraternity member Adam Schaefer, who made this third lifetime donation Wednesday, will be getting ready for graduation and his first year at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

“It’s scary. It’s a new step in my life,” said Adam. “It’s a lot of work, but it will be worth it.”

The spirit of hard work in the service of others is second nature at UD, and students gladly took the time to give blood.

“It’s really easy,” said grad student Emily Holterman, who made her milestone fifth lifetime donation. “My dad always did it when I was younger.”

“I was just going to the gym and I saw the sign!” said sophomore Madeline Salach, who made a quick detour to the blood drive for her second lifetime donation.

UD completed the academic year of eight blood drives with 632 donors, 278 first-time donors and 507 donations for 109 percent of goal.

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CBC Account Representative Donna Teuscher presented the Platinum LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for 2016 to Campus Recreation Director Melissa Longino and Operations and Administration Associate Director Dave Ostrander.

Platinum is CBC’s highest award for blood drive excellence. In 2016 UD sponsored eight blood drives resulting in 651 donors, 273 first-time donors and 505 donations for 108 percent of the collection goal.

“We started with one small room and grown so much,” said Donna.  “You guys are wonderful with letting us do more.”

“We’ll put this on the wall with the other awards so the students can see it,” said Melissa. “You hold the blood drive in there and the students are so great about donating at the drives. They can see the impact they’ve made and the history of that impact.”


Richmond Student Council Volunteers

RICHMOND, Indiana – Young donors at Richmond High School not only boosted Community Blood Center’s Easter weekend blood supply with their April 14 “Good Friday” blood drive, they may be forging two new traditions .

For the second consecutive year blood drive coordinator and Student Council advisor Hunter Lambright agreed to schedule the blood drive on Good Friday, a time when many other high schools are on spring break and many donors are busy with Easter travel.

“We did the Good Friday blood drive last year, and I said if it works out, let’s do it again,” said Hunter. “We also worked at trying to get some adults from the community to come in.  We had at least two parents.”

The result was 106 donors, including 46 first-time donors and 82 donations for 103 percent of the collection goal.

A second tradition in the works is the brewing competition between Student Council, sponsors of the spring blood drive, and the Red Devil Mentors, sponsors of the fall blood drive, to see who can recruit the most donors.

The result was a win-win for both sponsor groups.  The fall blood drive had more donors (109 to 106) but the spring blood drive had one more donation (82 to 81).  The two blood drives combined for 215 total donors, 109 first-time donors, and 163 blood donations.

Karalyn Kramer is a member of both Student Council and Red Devil Mentors, the student group that guides new students through the chaos of freshmen orientation.  She supports the idea of the friendly competition, even though she won’t take sides in the blood drive challenge.

“We kind of want to make it more fun with a competitive spin to energize more people to come out and support Student Council in the challenge,” she said. “No matter who wins, getting more people to come out was the main goal.”

Giving blood was an important goal for sophomore Jasmine Walsh. “I wanted to do it last year as a freshman,” she said.  This year she turned 16 and was able to donate with her parents’ consent. “This year I found out I could do it – I felt so excited!”

Senior Hannah Berry made her second lifetime donation at the Good Friday blood drive. She plans to study nursing at Ball State University next year. “It helps people,” she of donating, and it gives her insights into health care.

“I asked (her phlebotomist) if it makes her nervous to stick needles into people,” said Hannah. “She said, at first!”

Senior Taylor Jackson made her second lifetime donation Friday.  She’s considering entering the CBC/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition before the April 20 deadline.  The scholarship challenge is to create a blood drive marketing campaign.

“I was just thinking of different things I’ve seen here and at blood drives I helped with,” she said. “I’m looking for a main idea that students would be attracted to.”

She may be inspired by the Good Friday dedication and Student Council challenge at the Richmond spring blood drive.

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Hamilton High School NHS volunteers

HAMILTON, Ohio – Hamilton High School National Honor Society members got back from spring break and went back to work recruiting donors for their Thursday, April 13 spring blood drive with the goal of keeping Community Blood Center in good supply during the Easter holiday weekend.

“Our biggest challenge was spring break,” said NHS Advisor Madeleine DeHoff, who is in her second year teaching AP Government and U.S. History teacher at Hamilton, and her first as blood drive coordinator. The spring blood drive came just a week after spring break and Easter weekend followed the blood drive with no school on Good Friday.

“In the fall, our recruiting went right up to the blood drive. This month our recruiting effort was a little lower because of the kids on vacation.”  She noted that NHS had just completed its “Pennies for Pasta” fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. “There are lots of moving pieces in the spring, that’s for sure!”

Despite the challenges of the spring calendar Thursday’s blood drive had more donors than the fall blood drive with 123 registrations, including 55 first-time donors and 78 donations.  Hamilton’s fall and spring blood drives combined for 231 donors, 127 first-time donors and 161 donations for 101 percent of the collection goals.

NHS President Erika Stauble helped organize an experienced group of junior and senior volunteers. “We run both blood drives and the fall went really well,” said Erika. “We do a lot about the blood drive on our ‘Blue TV’ newscast and at lunch we do announcements on a microphone. We get a lot of people from that.”

Twin brothers Alvin and Kelvin Mantey are senior NHS volunteers who kept up a lively banter with their classmates in the Donor Café.  They grew up in Ghana with their mother and an older pair of siblings (that are also twins) while their father worked in Ohio. He would send money home and visit when he could. The family was finally reunited in Hamilton just three years ago and the twins quickly acclimated to life at Hamilton High.

“I guess we’re altruistic,” said Alvin, who plans to study psychology next year at the University of Cincinnati. “We want to help others when we can. We don’t get a lot of time in school.  This is a little opportunity to make a difference in our own way.”

Senior Taylor Lewis believes giving blood is an important way to make a difference. She made her third lifetime donation at Thursday’s blood drive, qualifying for CBC’s Red Cord Honor program recognition at graduation.

“It’s giving back to the community,” said Taylor, who is member of the NJROTC and plans to enter the Marine Corps next fall. “We can replenish the blood in our bodies.  Some people can’t.  My grandfather had leukemia and needed transfusions. He passed away.”

Junior Jackie Betancourt made her first donation at Thursday’s blood drive, and admitted that she had to muster up the courage to support the cause. “It’s saving lives, no matter how much that scares me,” she said.  “That’s motivation, I guess!”

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Xenia High School Red Cord 2017

XENIA, Ohio – Sophomore Liam Rose bobbed his head to the music coming through his ear buds as he made his first lifetime donation Friday at the Xenia High School spring blood drive, then sang out loud with his friend Dylan Crager in the Donor Café.

After facing a challenge, making a sacrifice and helping save lives who wouldn’t feel like singing?  Friday’s blood drive totaled 107 donors, including 29 first-time donors and 81 donations for 100 percent of the collection goal.

“I hate needles and I hate needle pricks,” said Liam. “I’m donating and I’m doing it – because I hate needles!  It’s called ‘exposure therapy.’”

The idea is that exposing yourself to a fear will help you overcome anxiety.  It worked well enough for Liam. “But I still hate needles,” he said.

Donating was new to Liam, but it’s a familiar experience to upperclassmen like senior Jack Shaw who made his sixth lifetime donation Friday.  Jack has donated at every XHS fall and spring blood drives since his sophomore year.

“It seems like a good idea to help somebody out,” he said.

Helping others is the goal of the volunteers in tie-dye t-shirts who served special drinks and snacks in the Donor Café. They are students in instructor Molly Wavra’s Biotechnology program and members of Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA).

“We started co-sponsoring the blood drive with Student Council a couple of years back and are the main sponsor now,” said Molly. “It’s a good match for us.”

Xenia High’s fall and spring blood combined for 203 donors, 78 first-time donors, and 156 donations and averaged nearly 100 percent of the collection goal. CBC recognized XHS as a Red Cord Honor School for 2016-2017.

Molly Wavra and HOSA volunteers senior Zachary Darner, junior Alexis Vaughn and sophomores Saphron Cummins, Trinity Morton and London LaBarrie accepted the Red Cord Honor School award at Friday’s blood drive.

Senior Morgan Titcombe qualified for the CBC Red Cord Honor program by making her third lifetime donation at the spring blood drive.  Seniors must register to donate three or more times during their high school years to earn the Red Cord.

The blood drive was also an opportunity for seniors to learn more about the CBC/Vectren Lead the Way Scholarship program.  They can earn a $1,000 scholarship by submitting a winning idea for a high school blood drive marketing campaign.

A winning campaign requires a good theme with a catchy slogan; a short explanation of why the campaign would encourage classmates to donate; and a creative expression of the theme.  Past winners have designed t-shirts and posters, written poetry, and created videos that were creative, informative and fun.

Lead The Way applications must be postmarked by April 20.  The application and more information is available at

Senior Julia Becker looked over information about the Lead The Way Scholarship while sipping water to prepare for her donation Friday.   “I might enter,” she said. “I can probably come up with an idea!”

She didn’t break into song after completing her second lifetime donation, but she was all smiles.

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Sinclair Spring Blood Drive

Sinclair Community College wrapped up another successful year of partnering with Community Blood Center with a strong showing for the final campus blood drive of the academic year Monday, April 3 in the library.

“We sponsor two blood drives each semester,” said Anthony Hinders of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, who worked the Donor Café with fellow volunteers Sharon Olivares, Teresa Hitch, Ethan Risner, Cora Thomas and Zoe Mornhinweg.  “Most people know about it through emails but we’re always available to give information.”

Phi Theta Kappa and the Sinclair finished the school year strong with 38 donors at Monday’s blood drive, including nine first-time donors and 33 donations for 118 percent of the collection goal.

Sinclair’s four blood drives during the 2016-2017 academic year totaled 148 donors, 41 first-time donors and 122 donations with an average of more than 105 percent of collection goal.

Nursing students helped fill the donor beds Monday in the lounge area overlooking the library stacks.  Sarah Longoria started donating at Lebanon High School and made her fourth lifetime donation Monday. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree and become an RN.

“It’s because I just like helping people in as many ways as I can,” Said Sarah. “If I can give my blood to someone to help them, then I will.”

Ashley Sigler is also a nursing student with plans to complete a bachelor’s degree at Ohio University. “Eventually I want to work with kids who have cancer,” she said.  Monday was her first donation at a Sinclair blood drive.

“I was here studying and I saw the sign and said, ‘Why not?’” she said.

Her friend and fellow nursing student Alex Hendrickson made her milestone 5th lifetime donation Monday.  She started donating at Tri County North High School and studied Allied Health at Miami Valley Career Technology Center. “I want to be a nurse practitioner in the NIC (Neonatal Intensive Care) Unit,” she said.

It was also a milestone day for Dennis Duncan, a regular supporter of the Sinclair blood drives.  Dennis studied graphic design at Sinclair and now works as the web cell coordinator in the nearby Sinclair Bookstore.  “The timing of the blood drives usually works for me,” said Dennis.

This time when he climbed the stairs from the Bookstore to the blood drive it was to make his 16th lifetime donation, the equivalent of two gallons of blood. “Just so I can do something to help out,” he said.

Sinclair will launch the 2017-18 school year with a CBC blood drive on Sept. 5.

Phi Theta Kappa volunteers


Bill Braun 100 LTDKettering donor Bill Braun felt good about timing his 100th lifetime donation for Wednesday, March 29 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.  His friend Tom Melton is always behind the counter of the CBC Donor Café on Wednesdays and Bill was counting on Tom to help him celebrate.

“My buddy Tom volunteers on Wednesdays, and we work together volunteering at the Air Force Museum,” said Bill.  “This way I can have a ‘Mojito’ with him!”

Bill could only jest about toasting his milestone with a Cuban cocktail, but he was happy to settle for the usual juice and cookies served up by Tom.

Bill says the beginning of his journey to the milestone number 100 dates back to the early years of his career in the auto industry. “It was probably 1972,” he said. “I donated at the blood drives at Delco in Moraine. I retired from Delphi in 2008.”

Bill and his wife Dee will be married 48 years in May. They have three children and four grandchildren. One of the joys of retirement for Bill is spending time with family, and a main passion in his retirement continues to be helping save lives.

“I’ve tried to be regular with my donations over the years as time allowed,” Bill said. “I think it’s the right thing to do. That’s all.  It’s just the right thing to do.”

Bill tried on his new “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket and headed to the Donor Café for juice, water or coffee – whatever he wanted – because the drinks were on Tom!


Lead The Way - Lehman seniors

DAYTON, Ohio – Area high school seniors with a bright idea for boosting blood donations have until Wednesday, April 20 to enter the Community Blood Center/Vectren Lead The Way Creative Scholarship competition.

The $5,000 Lead The Way scholarship program is supported by a grant from Vectren.  CBC and Vectren annually award $1,000 in college tuition assistance to five graduating, college-bound seniors whose high school hosts a CBC blood drive.

Scholarship applicants are challenged to design a winning marketing campaign for a high school blood drive.  They must come up with a theme or slogan, explain why it would encourage students to donate, and creatively express the theme with conventional marketing techniques or innovative, artistic methods.

Lead The Way applicants from Lehman Catholic High School won scholarships in 2015 and 2013.  The Lehman class of 2016 had just 40 graduates, but 20 qualified for the CBC Red Cord Honor Program.

Senior Blake Leffel earned his Red Cord by making his third lifetime donation at Lehman’s spring blood drive.  He hadn’t thought about applying for the Lead The Way scholarship, but the $1,000 scholarship grabbed his attention.

“I liked the slogan they came up with a couple of years ago with Snapchat on the high school t-shirt,” he said.  “I can’t imagine it would be too hard to come up with a slogan!”

Lead The Way applications must be postmarked by April 20.  Examples of winning campaigns and the 2017 scholarship application are available at  For information contact: Cristina Pickle at