Congratulations are in order for Beavercreek blood donor Jerry Sedlacek. On Tuesday, Feb. 11 – a day when the temperature took its time nudging above zero degrees – Jerry showed up at the downtown Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC) right on schedule and made his milestone 100th lifetime blood donation.
Jerry is a dedicated whole blood donor who tries to give blood when eligible every eight weeks. He took his milestone right in stride. “They mentioned at my last donation that this one would be my 100th so I was ready for it,” he said.
Jerry says his journey to the milestone began back in 1969. “I worked at Mead and they basically recruited people to come,” he said. “They would come to the Mead Tower and set up the blood drive inside. It was easy to do and we were encouraged to do it in case we ever needed blood.”
Jerry retired in 2003 after 37 years with the company, which had become MeadWestvaco. For him there is no retiring from being life-saving donor. “I guess it’s a good habit to have!” he said. “It’s something I can do for the community.” More than ever, Jerry is an ambassador for CBC and the gift of blood donations. It says it all on the special jacket he received in celebration of his milestone: “Donor for Life – 100 LTD.”