Vicki Rish 100 LTD jacket

Her rose garden has been a challenge this summer for Dayton-Riverside donor Victoria “Vicki” Rish, but everything else is coming up roses along her Donor for Life journey. Vicki reached the milestone of 100 lifetime donations with her July 14 visit to the Dayton Community Blood Center.

“I knew it was getting close,” said Vicki, who started donating in her hometown of Marion, Ohio. She’s been a CBC donor since July of 1999.  “I usually come on my lunch hour – like today!” she said.

Vicki is dedicated to giving blood and to her career in social services. She has worked as a housing counselor for the Community Action Partnership for more than 10 years.

“The way I see it, I can donate when a lot of people can’t,” she said. “I’m an O positive donor and I know a lot of people can use O positive blood.”

Vicki is both an O positive donor, the universal donor for all patients with Rh positive blood, and a CMV-negative “baby donor.”  CMC negative means he has not been exposed to the common cytomegalovirus.  Hospitals prefer CMV-negative units for children and to ensure safe transfusions to newborns.

“I’m a reader and I do a bit of gardening,” she said of her favorite pastimes. “I’m growing some roses but they could use more attention this season!”

Roses have their thorns, but the reward is in the blooming.  Congratulations to Vicki Rish for her well-tended garden of Donor for Life giving.

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