Xenia donor Ron Taylor has been helping keep the lights on across the Miami Valley during the nearly half-century he has spent working for DP&L. He credits hard work, rain or shine in the great outdoors for helping him stay healthy and reach his goal of 100 lifetime blood donations at his Monday, Jan. 23 visit to the Dayton Community Blood Center.

“I was in my 20’s,” Ron said about the journey to his milestone donation. “I had just started working for my company when I started donating.  It will be 48 years in July.”

Ron and his wife Sherry celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary in December.  “I got hired on at DP&L in the summer and we got married the week before Christmas,” he said. They have four children, 12 grandchildren, and their first great-grandchild, a little girl, is nine months old.

Ron usually donated at CBC mobile blood drives at DP&L up until the late 90’s before becoming a regular donor at the Dayton CBC Donor Center.  He occasionally donated at the Xenia Masonic Center, Faith Community United Methodist Church, and the DP&L Service Building blood drives.

“Good physical work has helped me,” Ron said about his “Donor for Life’ dedication. “It’s just nice to be able to help somebody.  I know my blood is going to be helping.”

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