Terry Krug 200 LTD

DAYTON, Ohio – Centerville donor Terry Krug is a retired educator and a Community Blood Center “Donor for Life.” He celebrated his milestone 200th lifetime blood donation Friday, Nov. 10 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center, but with a tinge of regret that he has not given more.

“My first 100 were whole blood donations,” said Terry.  “If I had been an apheresis donor all that time, I might be up in there with 500 or 600.”

Terry’s first donation was in 1965 when his father was fighting cancer and needed blood. “I kept going as much as I could over the years,” he said. “As soon as I got my 100th I was asked about doing apheresis. I said I was happy to do that! It means I can donate more often.”

As a platelet and plasma donor, Terry tries to donate every two weeks.  He reached his 200th milestone with his 17th donation of the year. “It feels great!” he said. “I’m ready to hit 300!”

Terry’s greatest sources of pride are helping patients with his blood donations, and recalling the students he helped during his career in education.  He retired from Northmont High School, went back to work at Twin Valley South High School and retired for good in 2010.

Terry’s specialty as an educator was a work-study program called Career-Based Intervention.  “It was for what they later would call ‘at risk’ kids,” he said. “I called them ‘survivors.’  Some of them could have been honor students, but they had trouble at home or other problems.”

He’s especially proud of a former student who started his own auto customizing business.  The young man later asked Terry to help him recruit other students who loved working on cars.  Terry laughed when he realized his former student is now approaching retirement age.

Terry and his wife Ann have two children and two grandchildren.  They still enjoy summer visits to the family cottage in Michigan.  He’s donated in Michigan over the years, but prefers the familiar surroundings of the Dayton Donor Center.  It’s where he’ll return as he continues his “Donor for Life” journey to milestone 300.


Friends Kate Wassum, Noelle Parziale

KETTERING, Ohio – Archbishop Alter High School followed rival Fairmont High with a campus blood drive Tuesday, Nov. 7 to complete their united effort to help others in the third annual “Unity in the Community” campaign.

“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between Fairmont and Archbishop Alter High Schools, Community Blood Center, and Universal 1 Credit Union.  Universal 1 will award $500 to each high school for holding fall blood drives. The schools will combine the awards and present a $1,000 gift to charity at the Alter-Fairmont basketball game.

The schools take turns designating the charity to receive the $1,000 Unity award.  This year the Fairmont Student Government has chosen Camp Kesem at The University of Cincinnati, a summer camp and peer support program for children with parents fighting cancer.

The Alter CURE club is the student sponsor organization for Alter blood drives. It was founded as a cancer research advocacy and support group for students with family members fighting cancer. “We have people in our club who have family battling different diseases,” said CURE President and blood drive volunteer Jessie Haaker.  “When it started cancer was our main cause but we also try to bring awareness to other causes.”

Last year the Alter community chose the new “Brigid’s Path” treatment facility to receive the 2016 Unity award. At the time it was still under construction.  It has since opened and is now serving babies suffering from addiction from prenatal drug exposure.

The Alter blood drive totaled 66 donors, including 40 first-time donors and 55 donations for 110 percent of goal.  For many of the new donors “family” was a theme of the day.

“Everyone in my family donates,” said first-time donor Susan Issenmann. “I’m the youngest.”

“I wanted to take part in it because my sister donated and my family does,” said 16-year-old sophomore Molly Knebel, also a first-time donor. “It seems like the right thing to do.”

“My dad always gives blood and my mom used to,” said first-time donor Emma Gehret. “I said to myself, ‘I can do that.’”

Friendship was also a valuable source of support.  Sophomore first-time donor Kate Wassum and Noelle Parziale, a senior donating for the second time, were in back-to-back beds. They reached over their heads to hold hands as they donated.

“We’ve known each other since grade school.” said Noelle. “It was good to have her nearby!” said Kate.

Molly Knebel, CBC Katelyn Feeser


Steve Dicke 100 LTD

DAYTON, Ohio – The Northmont Animal Clinic will celebrate Dr. Steve Dicke with a round of applause, plus some barks and meows, when he arrives wearing his new Community Blood Center “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket.  Steve made his milestone 100th lifetime blood donation Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Dayton Donor Center.

“It must have been 30 years ago,” Steve said about his first donation and the beginning of his journey to 100 donations. “My wife had an illness and we thought she might need blood.”

Steve was born in Dayton, grew up in Kettering and got his degree in Animal Science at Ohio State. He and his wife Debbie moved to Englewood in 1981 and bought the Northmont Animal Clinic.  He’s been in practice for 38 years.

Their sons Nate and Kyle are both Northmont High School and OSU graduates. Kyle is an equity analyst in Chicago and Nate followed his dad into a career as a vet. He graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine and is now an associate at the Northmont Animal Clinic.

Steve’s blood type is O positive, the universal donor for Rh positive patients. He’s also a CMV-negative donor, which means no exposure to the cytomegalovirus.  Hospitals prefer CMV-negative blood for children and to ensure the safety of blood transfusions to newborns.

Steve is a regular at the Dayton CBC and donates three or four times a year. “I come when I have a moment,” he said. “It feels good to contribute to the community.”