Liz 13 LTD, Todd Engel 114 LTD

Miamisburg donors Todd and Liz Engel are the parents of three young boys, and that’s usually a handful.  But spring break gave them an unusual day off on Easter Monday, and they decided to make it a “date” that included donating.

Todd is a platelet donor and a teacher at the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. Some will remember the leprechaun outfits he wore to school and at his last donation before St. Patrick’s Day.  With school out Monday, Todd scheduled an apheresis donation, and encouraged Liz to come along.

“Todd said, ‘We should go do that today, we should make it in,’” said Liz. “It’s not exactly a date. Afterwards we’re going to Costco!  But we are going to dinner at Star City Brewing Company tonight in Miamisburg.”

Liz is a whole blood donor.  She made her 13th lifetime donation then waited for Todd to complete his platelet donation.  Their sons are ages 12, five and three. She’s usually home with the kids, and runs an online dress-selling business.

This week the boys are spending spring break with Todd’s parents in Cleveland, and that was an opportunity. “Without the kids, it was ‘What do we want to do today?’” said Todd. “We have options!”

Spending part of Easter Monday at the Dayton Community Blood Center seemed a perfectly good option for two “Donors for Life.”



Paula Kalaman with Sgt. Mike Yoder

DAYTON, Ohio – The Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive on Friday, April 27 marks a milestone year in the Centerville community’s tribute to the young policeman.  It is the 21st blood drive in his name sponsored by his parents John and Paula Kalaman and it follows the 20th anniversary of the tragic accident that claimed his life.

Community Blood Center will hold the blood drive April 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the CPD training room, 155 West Spring Valley Road. Donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment online at  or call (937) 293-3373.

On Jan. 12, 1998 Centerville Police Officer John Kalaman and Washington Township Firefighter Robert O’Toole were killed, and firefighter Charles Arnold seriously injured, while responding to an accident on I-675.  A motorist lost control, crossed three lanes of traffic, and struck the men in the median.

Paula and John Kalaman led the effort to enact the “Move Over, Slow Down” law in 2009 to protect law enforcement officers and emergency responders.  It requires all motorists to move over one lane when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle on the roadside with emergency lights activated.

They sponsored the first blood drive in their son’s memory on April 27, 1998, the date of what would have been his 30th birthday.

“It’s been 20 years since the accident that created the blood drive, and now it’s the 21st annual blood drive with 4,114 units donated,” said John Kalaman. “Over the years we’ve seen a lot of the same people and every year we have new donors.  Some folks have been with us almost every year.”

September of 2017 marked the 20th annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for the John P. Kalaman Memorial Scholarship Fund.  In the past 20 years $256,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 51 high school graduates.

The Kalamans plan to continue the tradition of greeting donors and supporters at the blood drive and serving birthday cake in memory of their son.

“It’s one of those things where we will reach a point when we can no longer be there,” said John Kalaman. “I hope the blood center will continue the blood drive for the community and for all the people who have donated over the years. It’s all we can hope for.”



Bob Rosencrans family and friends

DAYTON, Ohio – Family and friends of Moraine Mayor Bob Rosencrans continued the tradition of celebrating his life by giving blood in his memory and encouraging new donors at the eighth annual Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive Saturday, March 24 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.

Bob Rosencrans led a life dedicated to community service, including his years on Moraine City Council and his more than 70 lifetime blood donations.  He was 61 and serving his second term as Moraine mayor in 2010 when he was killed in a car accident.  His children Megan and Wes Rosencrans have sponsored the blood drive in his memory since 2011.

“We try to get first-time donors to come out every year,” said Megan. “Even if they don’t stay on cycle every year with the blood drive, they would come back and donate again at another time.”

The Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive contributed to a very busy morning at the Dayton CBC. Twenty people signed the guest book showing their support for the blood drive.  A total of 54 whole blood donors and 16 apheresis donors registered Saturday for 116 percent of the collection goal.

Wes recruited his friend Ed Nemeth to join the ranks of first-time donors at the Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive.  Megan encouraged co-workers to donate, including Jennifer White who made her first donation with CBC.

“She sent out a notice to the whole team,” said Jennifer, who is new to Reynolds and Reynolds. “I came to Dayton in October. When I heard about this, I thought, ‘I can donate again!’”

Wes encouraged his friend Steve Stokes, who saw it as a chance to renew his commitment to donating. “I used to donate at the base (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base) all the time,” said Steve. “I kind of wanted to come down here anyway. Wes said it was coming up and I thought I would go. I hoped it would work and it did, and I’ll keep coming back.”

A tradition of the blood drive is to gather family, old friends and new donors together at the Dayton CBC on a Saturday morning in March to remember Bob Rosencrans on his birthday and celebrate with cupcakes homemade by Bob’s sister Joan Buckner.

It’s traditional also for Wes and Megan to donate in their dad’s memory. Wes is a platelet donor, and made his 44th lifetime donation Saturday. Megan, a whole blood donor, made her 46th lifetime donation.  A milestone for each will be reaching 50 donations, and they are committed to making that part of the tradition. “I’m hoping I’ll get that sometime next year!” said Megan.

Danielle Tarbert donating



Newton High Lead The Way

Newton High School National Honor Society members Kacie Tackett, Paiton Miller & Halli Gipe wear the CBC ‘Be The Red’ high school blood drive t-shirt designed by Newton graduate Aliya Stine.

Troy’s Aliya Stine hoped her “Be The Red” design would win a Lead The Way Scholarship, but she never guessed it would become the t-shirt worn by high school blood donors across the region.  For “Be The Red” to be a winner, the first step was to apply.

Area high school seniors with clever campaign ideas for encouraging blood donations have until Friday, April 20 to enter the 2018 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 craft an original theme or slogan, explain why it would encourage students to donate, and creatively express the theme with conventional marketing techniques or innovative, artistic methods.

Aliya’s 2017 “Be The Red” theme combined patriotism and unity with the common bond of blood donations.  She designed a waving American flag with three red stripes, the others white and grey, and the slogan, “Without You There’s Only White and Blue – Be The Red.”

“Be The Red” is the current design the CBC t-shirt given to all students who register to donate at high school blood drives this spring.

“It will be awesome to see people wearing it and being able to see it come to life,” said Aliya, now a freshman at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.  “I hope people are inspired to not only donate blood, but they are inspired to put themselves out there and apply for this scholarship.”

Applications must be postmarked by April 20. Mail applications to:  Community Blood Center, 349 S. Main St., Dayton, OH 45402, Attn. Education Specialist/Lead The Way.  Examples of winning campaigns and the 2018 scholarship application are available at and at your high school. For more information contact Cristina Pickle at


Rep. Steve Huffman with CBC Jodi Minneman

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – America’s Blood Centers, North America’s largest network of independent blood centers, honored Rep. Stephen Huffman (R-Tipp City) for his leadership in raising statewide awareness about blood donations with the 2018 Larry Frederick Award presented at the 21st Annual Awards of Excellence ceremony March 19 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Awards of Excellence recognize individuals and organizations across North America who made outstanding contributions in promoting blood donation and improving transfusion medicine.

Community Blood Center in Dayton nominated Rep. Huffman for the Larry Frederick Award for introducing House Bill 252, designating January as “Blood Donor Awareness Month” in Ohio.  He guided it through unanimous approval in both the House and Senate and to the desk of Gov. John Kasich who signed it into law on Feb. 8.

Rep. Huffman is chairman of the House Health Committee, an emergency room physician, and a life-long blood donor.

Huffman was unable to accept the award in person due his legislative schedule.  But he recorded his acceptance remarks while donating double red blood cells at the Dayton CBC for his 57th lifetime donation.

“I am very humbled and honored to receive the Larry Frederick Award,” Huffman said.  “As a physician and regular blood donor, I understand and appreciate the demand for blood products and the life-saving impact a blood donor can make.

“The need for blood donations is ever-present and it is my hope that House bill 252 will help draw further attention to that need and inspire everyone to donate blood and save a life.”

The Larry Frederick Award honors an individual for community leadership in raising awareness of the need for blood donations.  The award is named for former police officer and national blood donations advocate Larry Frederick.  In 1982 he was severely injured in a high speed collision and needed 110 units of blood to survive.

“Rep. Huffman asked us to support House Bill 242 and we were honored to give proponent testimony before the House and Senate,” said CBC Chief Operating Officer Jodi Minneman, who accepted the Larry Frederick award on Huffman’s behalf.  “His work as a legislator, a physician and a blood donor is inspirational.  We are proud to call him a true friend of Community Blood Center.”


Pirates Gunner, Campbell

RICHMOND, Indiana – The sixth annual Cooper Newton Memorial Blood Drive came on St. Patrick’s Day, but the Newton family from Cambridge City knows little boys prefer pirates.  So they celebrated their son’s memory with Jack Sparrow and Peter Pan instead of leprechauns and shamrocks.

The annual blood drive is a traditional birthday celebration for Cooper, who died from complications related to the congenital disorder Noonan syndrome when he was just seven months old.  Cooper’s parents Beth and Clint challenged donors to join “our courageous Captain Cooper’s Pirate Birthday Crew!” and a total of 45 donors came aboard for the March 17 blood drive at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Richmond.

“I work with Beth, and came last year,” said donor Alaina Moore.  Her nine and eight-year old daughters Tabatha and Jazmine watched their mom donate and enjoyed the pirate-theme treats in the Donor Café.  Despite a busy Saturday schedule, the blood drive was a top priority. “I had to get it done,” Alaina said.

Cooper’s older brothers Gavin and Gunner dressed in “Pirates of the Caribbean” outfits and played with plastic swords.  Three-year old sister Campbell wore a pirate dress. The party snacks included goldfish crackers, gummy worms and “pirate’s gold” peanut butter cups.

Cooper was born March 22, 2012 and was three months old when diagnosed with Noonan syndrome, a genetic disorder that prevents normal development in various parts of the body.  Bleeding and clotting disorders are among the many complications. Cooper received blood transfusions during treatment for leukemia.  He died from heart and lung failure on Oct. 12, 2012.

After Cooper’s death the Beth and Clint became active with the Noonan Syndrome Foundation to support patient families.   “I would encourage anyone interested in learning more to visit the Foundation website and the Facebook page,” said Beth. “You can ask questions and even vent when you’re having a bad day.

Little was known about Noonan Syndrome when Cooper was diagnosed.  Beth says recognizing warning signs during pregnancy can lead to an earlier diagnosis and a better chance at fighting the disease.

“Any parent with children with special needs, they learn even more than the doctors often know. They can often provide additional support because they are living it every day.”

Newton Family


Carroll High blood driveDAYTON, Ohio –   Carroll High School’s spring blood drive on Friday, March 16 completed the Patriots’ first “Unity in the Community Campaign” with rival Chaminade Julienne High School.  A youth movement of donors and volunteers are now ready to take lead in next year’s campaign.

Carroll and CJ are the most recent rival schools to join forces in the Unity Campaign sponsored by Universal 1 Credit Union and Community Blood Center. The schools help save lives by hosting blood drives and improve lives in the community by choosing a recipient of the $1,000 Unity Award.

Carroll’s blood drive was a strong finish for the Unity Campaign with 90 donors, 42 first-time donors and 77 donations for 113 percent of the collection goal.  The combined total from the Carroll and CJ blood drives was 181 donors, 91 first-time donors and 151 donations.

CJ presented the Unity award during halftime of the Feb 11 CJ vs. Carroll basketball game.  CJ was the home team and chose the “Brigid’s Path” treatment center for drug-exposed infants as this year’s recipient.

A committee of volunteers organizes Carroll’s annual fall and spring blood drives. In the 2018-2019 school year it will be Carroll’s turn to choose the Unity Award recipient.

“It will be the committee,” said CHS blood drive coordinator and faculty member Laura Wright. “This year we have a lot of freshman and sophomores working on the blood drive.”

Freshman Ryan Ballou is the young chairman of the blood drive committee. “I really think of ways to get involved in the community,” said Ryan, who started logging service hours while in grade school and volunteers during summers with a disabled children’s therapy program.

“Blood drives are good way to help in our community and our school,” he said.

“Someone told me that donating helps and I’m always willing to help people,” said first-time donor Michael Egodotaye. “When you donate blood it helps save life.”

Many of the first-time donors Friday were sophomores who became eligible to donate when they turned 16. “I know a lot of people need it,” said sophomore Katie Kiesel.

“I absolutely despise needles, I’m not a needle fan,” said sophomore Michael Gruhot. “But it seems like a good thing to do help people out.”

Senior Nathan Fitterer set an example for the underclassmen by making his fourth lifetime donation. “It’s fun to do, and I’m helping when I do it,” he said. “I like it.”

Carroll Unity volunteers