Richard Hobe 100 LTD

SPRINGBORO, Ohio – Donating blood and umpiring youth baseball have something in common for Springboro donor Richard Hobe.  He always feels good about making the right call.  His latest call was a milestone, as Richard notched his 100th lifetime blood donation on April 25 with a routine visit to the Covenant Presbyterian Church blood drive.

Richard never misses a Covenant Presbyterian blood drive, and made six donations there last year.  But he did get a little nervous about donation number 100.

“It wasn’t until my last appointment that I looked and realized it would be the next time I come in,” he said. “’Hey don’t forget!’ I said. I just wanted to make sure I didn’t miss a chance. It takes me five minutes to get here.  I always feel good when I’m done.”

With his 100th donation underway, Richard could relax and recall his first donation. “It was probably in the 70’s when I started working for JCPenny,” he said. “They encouraged us to donate. I was a Boy Scout and always tried to be involved in community affairs and helping people.”

Richard and his wife Teresa have been married 34 years and have three children.  They’re youngest daughter is a police officer in Baltimore.  They came to the Miami Valley so he could manage a new Dick’s Sporting Goods store.

He worked in other businesses before retiring eight years ago, but his true love is sports.  “I grew up in northeastern Ohio and have always been an Indians, Browns and Cavaliers fan,” he said.

His favorite sport is baseball. “I’ve been playing ball since I was seven or eight,” he said. He continues to play senior softball and he started umpiring three years ago.

He umpires high school games down to select teams of nine-year olds.  “I can only get so far down,” the 71-year-old said about crouching behind the young catchers.  He also has to have a tough skin when dealing with the coaches.

“The best umpires in the world are 90 feet away, and they think everything I call is wrong.”

But the best call Richard ever makes is when he shows up to donate.

“I’ve never needed blood but others do, and that’s why I do it,” he said.  “It’s nice to get a phone call telling you your blood was used at such and such a place to help save a life. That’s why I do it.”


Taylor Edwards - donating

OXFORD, Ohio – The giving to help others never stops at Miami University, but it does slow down a bit when many students leave campus for the summer.  The RedHawks held their final two blood drives of the spring semester on April 19 and April 27 to complete another academic year of blood drive excellence.

There’s a steady beat to the MU lifeline of support for patients in need of blood in Butler County and across Community Blood Center’s 15-county region.  The April 19 blood drive in the Shriver Center totaled 77 donors and 63 donations and the year-ending blood drive on April 27 had 77 donors and 55 donations. The final blood drives had the year’s highest number of first-time donors with 27 on April 19 and 42 on April 27.

Miami hosted 10 student blood drives during the 2016-2017 school year. The student blood drives alone totaled 811 donors, 270 first-time donors and 619 donations for an average of 90 percent of the collection goal.

The Miami Faculty and Staff hosted an additional five blood drives. Also on the calendar was the annual two-day “Greek Week Blood Drive in September,” the biggest blood drive at Miami and in the CBC region.

Miami is CBC’s largest blood drive account with an overall total of 17 blood drives per year.  In 2016 the student, faculty and Greek Week blood drives totaled 1,704 donors, 566 first-time donors and 1,357 donations.

The final blood drives of the spring semester came at a busy time with students finishing up classes, getting ready for final exams, and looking forward to summer jobs, internships, and foreign travel.

“I’m in a service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and we get service hours for donating,” said Melissa Knapke, a sophomore from Fort Recovery who will travel to Luxembourg this summer.

“I’m in the same service fraternity,” said sophomore Nick Porter, who was donating in a bed nearby. He also made his fifth lifetime donation. “It’s a nice chance to help so many people. I’m an A negative and my blood is taken by a lot of people.”

Nick also has summer travel plans that include spending five weeks studying Austrian and German culture.

Junior Taylor Edwards will be traveling even further.  She will spend two months in China for an internship in business law.  But before saying goodbye to Oxford she mustered the courage to make her first lifetime blood donation.  “My doctor convinced me because he said I had good veins for it!” she said.

Taylor found herself in good company as she joined the ranks of blood donors at Miami.

The Faculty and Staff will keep the lifeline going in summer with a June 1 blood drive.  The first student blood drive of the fall will be Sept. 6 followed by the 2017 Greek Week Blood Drive Sept. 12-13.

PRSSA, Phi Delta Epsilon volunteers



Reid Health CBC Blood Drive Award

CBC’s Melinda Frech presents the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for blood drive excellence to Reid Health Director of Laboratory Services Chuck McGill.

RICHMOND, Indiana – The Reid Health bimonthly blood drive has moved to a new day with expanded hours to attract more donors from the Richmond area. Community Blood Center celebrated the milestone at the Tuesday, May 2 blood drive by presenting Reid with the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for blood drive excellence.

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.

CBC Account Representative Melinda Frech thanked Director of Laboratory Services Chuck McGill, who has served as blood drive coordinator for more than 30 years.

“It gives me a good feeling,” Chuck said about receiving another top blood drive award from CBC, and Reid’s willingness to change days and expand hours. “It shows Reid is finding means to help patients in new ways,” he said.

The former Reid Memorial Hospital Blood Bank first joined forces with Community Blood Center in 1974 and the partnership has grown stronger over the decades.  Reid Health became CBC’s central community blood drive location in the Richmond area when it expanded capacity in 2015.  The result was an award-winning year with a 15 percent increase in donors and a 22 percent increase in donations.

Reid is a perennial recipient of the Platinum LifeSaving Ambassadors Club Award, the highest for blood drive excellence.  Blood drives must average 100 percent of collection goal or higher to achieve the Platinum award.

Reid hosted seven blood drives during the 2017 calendar, resulting in 1,167 donors, 72 first-time donors and 963 donations for an average of 103 percent of collection goal.

Tuesday’s blood drive with the newly expanded hours resulted in 168 donors, 13 first-time donors and 137 donations for 95 percent of the collection goal.  It represented an 11 percent increase in donors compared to February’s first blood drive of the year, and participation is expected to grow as more community members learn about the expanded hours.

Reid staff members were alerted by emails about the blood drive moving from Fridays to Tuesdays.  For some departments Tuesdays will be more convenient.

“Friday is a busy rehab day,” said donor Betsy Pitcock, who works in Occupational Therapy. “There are a lot of surgeries during the week, but for some reason Thursday is a big OR (operating room) day.”

Retired Reid staff member Nancy Wise made her 107th lifetime donation Tuesday.  It was her first blood donation in more than two years because of the deferral period following her successful treatment for breast cancer.  She was pleased to be able to give blood again.

“I donated a lot of times at Reid during my 34 years as a nursing assistant,” she said. “I worked in the surgical department for the last 20 years, and on the floors too, so I saw it all.  I knew the need was there.”

Reid’s next community blood drive will be Tuesday, June 27 from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Lingle Hall.


Dominic Frazee-Crawford 1 LTD

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio – The “Warrior Way” of giving blood to help save lives made Wayne High School the top-ranked blood drive school in Community Blood Center’s 15-county region for 2015-2016. The reigning champions completed the 2016-2017 year in style on Monday, May 1 with their third and final blood drive.

Monday’s blood drive finished strong with 139 donors, 33 first-time donors and 100 donations for 94 percent of the collection goal.  Wayne also hosted blood drives in September and January, and the three blood drives combined for 411 donors, 130 first-time donors and 309 blood donations.

Wayne won’t know until the fall whether this year’s total was high enough to defend its “Most Donors” award for 2015-2016 and earn another CBC $1,000 High School Leadership Grant.  But the Warriors believe they gave it their best shot.

“We do what we do every year,” said Jennifer Conti, who is co-blood drive coordinator and co-advisor of the National Honor Society student sponsor group with Leslie Perry.  “We had 186 slots,” said Leslie. “That’s what we had and they filled them up.”

To win the Leadership Grant Wayne Last year Wayne had to out-perform 118 high schools hosting 226 blood drives.

“They want the opportunity to donate,” said Jennifer.  “They get upset if they are turned away. We don’t have to sell if very much.”

“Our kids pretty much enjoy donating,” said Leslie. “They put it out there for everyone and they try to come and donate.”

Senior Sterling Newsome is a good example of Wayne’s dedication.  He has donated at every Wayne blood drive since turning 16 his sophomore year and made his seventh lifetime donation Monday.  “It’s a good thing to do,” said Sterling.  “My brother always donated every time. It’s the right thing to do.”

Getting started early as a blood donor is a trend at Wayne. Sophomore Ethan Depriest turned 16 in time for Wayne’s September blood drive and made this third lifetime donation Monday. “I saw everyone else doing it and I thought it was a good way to help others,” he said.

“It’s just the idea of helping others,” said sophomore Abigail Piersall, a first-time donor who hopes to become a physician.

Sophomore Dominic Frazee-Crawford wanted to donate as a freshman, but had to wait until turning 16 to make this first donation at Monday’s blood drive.  “It seemed like a really fun idea and a very different thing to do,” he said.

“I just know a lot of people who go to blood drives, a lot of my friends,” said junior Payton McIntosh, who made his fourth lifetime donation Monday.

Senior Wendell Wheeler transferred to Wayne, played football the last two seasons, and earned a scholarship to the University of Cumberland in Kentucky.  He said the support for blood drives is different at Wayne.

“They drive people to do it,” he said. “I transferred here last year. At my old school they didn’t do that. This school encourages students to try new things.”

Donating isn’t new to senior Aareiona Womack.  She made her third lifetime donation Monday, qualifying for CBC’s Red Cord Honor program.  She’ll be studying health science at Tennessee State University next year and plans to become a physical therapist.

“I thought it would be a good thing to do,” she said about her career as a Wayne blood donor. “It makes me feel better knowing I can save lives. It makes me feel good.”

Abigail Piersall 1 LTD


Kalaman and Walkers

CENTERVILLE, Ohio – The 20th anniversary of the Officer John P. Kalaman Memorial Blood Drive on April 27 was a fitting celebration of a young life well-lived, duty well-served, and a dedication to helping others well-remembered and shared by all who have remained faithful to the blood drive tradition.

Last year the Kalaman blood drive passed the 4,000 mark of donations made in honor of the Centerville Police officer who was killed while assisting at an I-675 accident scene in 1998.  The 20th annual blood drive, held again on April 27 in posthumous celebration of John Kalman’s birthday, added 88 donors and 81 donations to the legacy.

“All I can say is ‘thank you’ to all the people who have donated at this blood drive and any blood drive or given over at the (Community Blood Center) Donor Center in John’s honor,” said John’s father John Kalaman. “There is a need and this is the only way to replace it.

“I love my son. I miss him terribly every day. I’d give up all this in a heartbeat if I could have him back, but I can’t.”

A hallmark of the Kalaman blood drive is the support it receives from members of the public safety community, and especially by Centerville Police.  “It’s heartwarming to see the officers come out, those that didn’t even know him, to have the compassion to come out,” said John Kalaman.

“A lot of it is for the Kalamans,” said CPD Sgt. Mike Yoder, who made his 26th lifetime donation Thursday and his ninth at the Kalaman blood drive. “This is one I mark on my calendar so I can donate in memory of John.”

Current CPD Chief Bruce Robertson and retired Chief Stephen Walker, who was chief at the time of Kalaman’s death, make it a tradition to support the blood drive. Both donated again Thursday.

“Over the 20 years people have come every year, or donated once or twice, but they still come back,” said Chief Walker. “It’s a tremendous remembrance of John and it’s a great thing for the community. It’s about this town and the way people care.”

“From the first time, it felt right,” said community member Steve Walker, who made his 50th lifetime donation Thursday. “I know it’s the same every year, but it always has a different meaning.”

The Kalamans will mark additional milestones in September with the 20th annual John P. Kalaman Memorial Golf Tournament and more than $250,000 raised for the John P. Kalaman Memorial Scholarship Fund for Centerville and Washington Township graduates.

John’s mother Paula Kalaman continued the tradition of serving slices of birthday cake decorated with a CPD badge.  She was pleased to meet young donor Jake Stone who is completing the Criminal Justice program at Sinclair Community College and has applied to become a Dayton Police officer.

Jake says he was five years old when he asked his mother why Kalaman’s name was on road signs. “She told me what happened,” he said.  It became part of his inspiration to become a police officer.

“People ask me ‘Why in the world would you want to be an officer with all the stuff going on,’” said Jake. “I tell them, that’s kind of why: to protect people and to be a public servant.”

A TV reporter asked Paula what her son John would say about the 20-year legacy of the blood drive in his name. “He would say, ‘Mom, this is awesome, I can’t believe people would give in my honor,’” she replied. “That’s the kind of humble person he was.”

CPD Sgt. Mike Yoder and Paula Kalaman



Mary Thorpe 101 LTD UD Afghan winner


Congratulations to Kettering donor Mary Thorpe, winner of the drawing for Fran Duell’s hand-crafted University of Dayton “March Madness” afghan.

Mary entered the drawing when she made her 101st lifetime donation on March 28. Mary was still celebrating her milestone 100th donation and the satisfaction of receiving the “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket.  Winning the afghan was a true bonus.

“My dad went to UD and my son went there for two years, he was a high school scholar, and transferred to Ohio University,” she said.  She was compelled to enter the drawing after admiring Fran’s handiwork when the blanket was on display in the Donor Room. “My grandmother crocheted, she did the ripple (design) and I like that,” she said.  “It’s very well done. I’d really like to thank her.”

Fran is a long-time blood donor and Community Blood Center supporter. She traditionally designs the UD Afghan in the school’s original team colors for a drawing during the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Everyone who registered to donate at the Dayton CBC Donor Center could enter the drawing.

Even some die-hard Flyer fans may not know that UD’s original team colors were not dark blue and red. Back when Fran was a UD student (class of ’66) the team used a light blue with red. “They called it Columbia blue when I was in school,” Fran said.

The Flyer-designed blanket is one of many afghans Fran traditionally creates for CBC and other charitable organizations to use as a prize for donor raffles.  Last year she made an “Alaska State Flag Afghan” for the summer “Wild About Alaska” blood drive. She also made her traditional pink October Breast Cancer Awareness Month blanket and the November scarlet and grey “OSU Buckeyes Afghan” for donor drawings.



Madeline Salach 2 LTD

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.

Univ. Dayton LAC 2016

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.”