William is from Miamisburg and works as a software engineer at Teradata. He was on his lunch break when he made his 110 lifetime donation Thursday, Oct. 18 at the downtown Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC). He made his first donation at a lunch-time blood drive when he worked at NCR, and he gives credit to Connie.
“That lady over there, we worked together for years,” he said, pointing across the donor room toward Connie who was finishing her 87th lifetime donation. “We made it a point to go out to lunch and give blood. She’s retired now, but we still do it.”
“I talked him into giving blood the first time” said Connie, who lives in Springboro. William became a regular whole blood donor, supporting drives at NCR and visiting the Dayton CBC. He actually passed Connie in lifetime donations when she was busy raising her family.
They continued their tradition of lunch and blood donations even after William left NCR, and have kept it going after Connie’s retirement. “It makes a difference,” said Connie about the tradition of giving blood. By their count, they’ve known each other 32 years, and their donations have touched countless lives. “We’ve been friends a long time,” said Connie. That friendship has been a good habit to keep.