Englewood donor Judy Berry says “My house is very busy!” thanks to her three small dogs with distinct personalities. She’s a dedicated dog owner, and an even more dedicated “Donor for Life,” which she proved by working through adversity to achieve her milestone 100th lifetime blood donation Feb. 13 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
As she drew tantalizing close to her milestone she faced a few stumbling blocks. “I’ve been turned down three times before because of low iron,” Judy said, “But I knew I was going to make it this time.”
Judy breezed through screening and her milestone donation, and tried out sizes for her “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket.
“It’s great!” she said. “Maybe I took a little longer than I should have because I slipped up a little in my donating. But it’s great.”
Over the years Judy has been a regular whole blood donor, supporting mobile blood drives at Shiloh United Church of Christ and Beth Jacob Synagogue, and donating often at the Dayton Donor Center.
She re-dedicated herself to donating more often after supporting the 2015 Bill Davenport Memorial Blood Drive in Englewood. She made six donations in 2016 and reached her 100th donation milestone with her first donation of 2017.
Judy retired from Dayton Power & Light then continued to do office work for area nursing homes. She was busy with her Boston Terrier-poodle mix “Quincy” and her mini-Schnauzer “Stella” when “Katie,” a Boston Terrier, joined the household.
“I had two little dogs, then a friend passed away and I took her dog,” she said.
Judy is quick to connect the dots from her first donation to her 100th. “I started after I received a transfusion during surgery back in 1980,” she said. “When the opportunity came to donate, I did so. That’s a pretty big inspiration!”