Justin Adams 101 LTD

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.”



Mary Moorman 200 LTD

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.”


James Hoffman 100 LTD

As an RTA bus operator, Belmont donor James Hoffman logged thousands of miles without leaving Montgomery County.  As a lifelong musician, he’s learned and played songs from around the globe, again without leaving home.   On May 3, with his milestone 100th lifetime blood donation, he celebrated helping save the lives of people he will never know.

“My well-being was good and I thought I could do it,” James said as he made his milestone donation at the Dayton Community Blood Center. “I wanted to help my fellow man and it feels good to be able to do that.”

One milestone journey seems to lead to the next for James. He retired in 2003 after 26 years behind the wheel at RTA, driving bus routes from Miamisburg to Huber Heights.

He took up trumpet in the fifth grade and played wind instruments all through grade school and high school. He later studied voice at Sinclair Community College.  Music fills his retirement.

“I play instruments in various bands and I’m a member of the Dayton International Singers,” he said.  “We’re the voice of the “A World A’Fair” which is coming up May 18-20, so we’ll be singing for that.  There’s going to be 37 countries represented this year!”

James also sings with the Bach Society and Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir.  His favorite instruments are the bass clarinet and saxophone and he performs with the Kettering Civic Band.

He can’t recall when he first started donating blood, but like his long history with miles and music, he considers it an ongoing journey.

“I’m healthy,” he said. “God has blessed me with good health and I might as well use it for my fellow man.”



Miami students Izzy Rost, Mike Meleka

OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University students will depart for summer break with a report card full of high marks for community service. High on the list of honors is their outstanding support for campus blood drives during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Miami University partnered with Community Blood Center to host eight student-sponsored blood drives, six Faculty and Staff sponsored blood drives, and the two-day Greek Week Blood drive – a total of 16 days dedicated to helping save lives.  They totaled 1,273 donors, including 454 first-time donors and 957 units of blood donated.

The eight student-sponsored blood drives averaged 100 percent of collection goals. “There were 21 sponsor groups responsible for all this success,” said CBC Account Representative Sandy Baur. “I enjoyed working with all of these bright, responsible and organized Miami students from the beginning stages of planning through the final execution of each blood drive.”

Student sponsor groups included: Alpha Delta Pi; Alpha Phi Omega (2 blood drives); Colleges Against Cancer; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Equestrian Team; Generation Action; Gift of Life; Lambda Chi Alpha (2 blood drives); National Student Speech Language Hearing Association; Phi Delta Epsilon; Pi Kappa Phi; Pre-PA; PRSSA; Sigma Lambda Gamma; Students For Life; Students Together Empowering Minorities; Tau Beta Sigma; The National Residence Hall Honorary; Theta Tau; Women’s Rugby Football Club; Young Conservative Women of America.

“My girlfriend is a member of the Pre-PA club,” said sophomore donor Mike Meleka at the April 12 blood drive. “This is my first time donating at Miami. I wouldn’t have done it if she hadn’t mentioned it, but I’m ready to!”

Mike’s girlfriend Izzy Post stopped by his donor bed to give support and talk about why it’s important for future health professionals to volunteer at blood drives.

“We shouldn’t be afraid of needles!” said Izzy. “It’s something that we learn how important it is because it saves so many lives.”

Freshman Maddie Wagner from Centerville was inspired to start donating during Christmas break and made her first Miami donation on April 12. “I had been going to church a lot and everything was ‘give, give, give,’” she said.  “I was a little phobic about needles, but I said I’ve got to get over it!”

The six blood drives sponsored by Miami Faculty and Staff in 2017-2018 averaged nearly 100 percent of goal.  Jonathan Ralinovsky, a piano technician in the Music Department, made his 12th lifetime donation at the April 12 blood drive.

“It’s a pretty easy way to do something that can potentially make a difference,” said Jonathan. “It’s not a process that I’m in love with! But the thought of someone suffering for not enough blood is so much worse.”

The Miami campus is quieter during the summer, but there’s never a break from helping saving lives.  The Faculty and Staff’s next blood drive will be June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Shriver Center.



Julia Bauer and Madeline Salach

DAYTON, Ohio – The trees remain barren and winter coats still abound at the University of Dayton, even on April 17 as the RecPlex hosted the final blood drive of the school year.  Not to worry, spring will surely come, just as UD students keep coming to blood drives.

Graduation is a just a couple of weeks away, but the Flyers took time to support the blood drive with 62 donors, including 13 first-time donors and 49 donations for 117 percent of the collection goal.

Service to others is a common mission at UD. The Alpha Epsilon Delta National Health Preprofessional Honor Society and the Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity sponsored the blood drive. Members helped recruit donors and volunteered in the Donor Café.

“We always say, it’s a testimony to the students,” said Campus Recreation Director Melissa Longino. “It’s always about the betterment of their organization and outward to the community.”

CBC presented the 2017 Platinum Award in the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club to UD at the final blood drive. In 2017 UD hosted eight blood drives, totaling 640 donors and including 265 first-time donors and 505 donations. Platinum is CBC’s highest award to sponsor for achieving 100 percent or more of collection goals.

“There is no fatigue to it,” said Operations and Administration Associate Director Dave Ostrander. “Other things may taper off, but there’s no slowing down at the blood drives.”

“I’m a strong, able-bodied person and I want to help people not as able-bodied,” said donor Beth Shannon, a junior from Cincinnati. “I’ve been blessed and I want to help them, it’s saving lives.”

The idea of helping others inspires the future health professional volunteers. “It’s a good experience for us to see how the blood supply starts, and the awareness of it,” said Alpha Epsilon Delta volunteer Andrea Vietti. “I’m glad that we have this opportunity.”

Nikki Meyer is a junior from Anna who started donating at Anna High School.  She made her 18th lifetime donation at the UD blood drive.  It’s a remarkable donor history for her age, but she sees it as only a beginning.

“I just want to make as many donations as I can,” said Nikki. “I’m trying to beat my grandpa’s record. He died at 65 years of age in a car accident. In his life he donated 16 gallons of blood.”

University of Dayton LAC 2017 plat


Edgewood DECA volunteers

TRENTON, Ohio – DECA club students at Edgewood High School have a head for business and knack for creating a marketing buzz about their campus blood drives.  They proved it again by inspiring an army of new donors to support the spring blood drive on April 13 for Community Blood Center.

The DECA volunteers were decked out in matching blue t-shirts and equally dedicated to making the blood drive a positive experience, especially to those donating for the first time.  The blood drive reached 104 percent of goal with 113 donors and 83 donations, including a big boost from 45 first-time donors.

DECA, previously known Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an international association of high school and college students interested in business marketing, management and entrepreneurship.  Organizing and promoting the blood drive is a favorite DECA project.

“We try to put in the real world instead of just talking about it,” said DECA president Rebekah Moore, a junior who made her second lifetime donation at the blood drive. “The hands-on experience is so beneficial.”

“They put it altogether and promote it in several ways,” said faculty DECA advisor and blood drive coordinator Rocky Chasteen.  “They post announcements, we use media, the school app, website and the marquee sign out front.  They also talk about it in the classroom during ‘Edge Time,’ which is like a homeroom period, where they can pick-up forms and sign-up.”

First-time donor Jayden Carder said she was motived by DECA students because, “They went to class and talked about.” She was one of many 16-year-old donors who became eligible in time for the spring blood drive.

“You can’t ask other people to donate without doing it yourself,” said Rebekah Moore. “You get people excited. They see how much the school comes together for this cause. They feel positive and say, ‘I can do this.’”

“I actually have kind of a fear of needles,” said senior Jimmy Haney, who made his fourth lifetime donation at Edgewood.  “But I do it as a ‘Good Samaritan’ thing to do.  I actually look at it like voting.  It’s a civic duty thing to do.”

Sophomore Tanner Dugas, who made his second lifetime donation at the spring blood drive, didn’t need convincing.

“When I was young I had a birth defect,” Tanner said after signing his name to the DECA poster display of blood drive donors.

“I almost died. I had to have blood transfusions. If it wasn’t for blood donors I wouldn’t be here. I feel like I want to give back to someone else.”

Jimmy Haney donating


Cayley Baker donating

DAYTON, Ohio – “If I have some to spare, why not share?” said Sinclair Community College student Alexis Kinder said as she donated April 11 at the final campus blood drive of the school year. It summed up the “Tartan Strong” effort that boosted Sinclair to a 10 percent increase in blood drive participation in 2017-2018.

The spring blood drive reached 100 percent of the collection goal with 45 donors and 30 donations. Sinclair’s four blood drives during the 2017-2018 academic year totaled 163 donors, 34 first-time donors and 120 donations and averaged more than 103 percent of the collection goals.

Community Blood Center honored Sinclair with the Platinum award in the 2017 LifeSaving Ambassadors Club at the spring blood drive. It’s CBC’s top award to blood drive sponsors who achieve 100 percent or more of collection goals.

CBC presented the award to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which traditionally sponsors a blood drive in the fall and the spring. The honor students sponsored the April 11 blood drive, and kept the check-in table and Donor Café well-staffed with volunteers.

“This is one of the main things we do,” said Phi Theta Kappa member Teresa Hitch. “Last year we were overbooked and had to turn people away. This year we’ve had a steady flow.”

Recruiting for the final blood drive can be a challenge as the end of the semester nears and students focus on finals.  But student donors gave nearly equal support to last blood drive of the year as they did to their first blood drive in September.

Biology student Cayley Baker flipped through flash cards as she donated.  She started donating at Franklin Monroe High School, but this was her first donation at Sinclair. “These are for my biology test on Friday,” she said about her notes. “I saw the sign for the blood drive when I was going to lunch. I thought, I can give blood and I can study!”

Zach Smith is also a biology student, and also made his first donation at Sinclair at the year-end blood drive. He’s an O negative “universal donor” who made four donations while in high school at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.  “I missed the blood drive last term,” he said, “so I’m glad they did this.”

Alexis Kinder made her second lifetime donation at the spring blood drive.  She was inspired to keep donating because of the phone call she received after her first donation telling her when and where her blood was used to help a patient.

“It’s cool that I’m able to do something about it directly if someone needs blood,” said Alexis.

Sinclair will launch the 2018-2019 school year with a CBC blood drive on Sept. 19.

Sinclair Phi Theta Kappa LAC 2017 Platinum Award