Springfield donors Drew and Karen Titone celebrated joint milestones with their side-by-side donations Oct. 15 at the Springfield Community Blood Center. Drew achieved his 100th lifetime donation and Karen reached the “10 gallon” mark with her 80th lifetime donation.
“Drew and his wife Karen almost always come together to donate,” said Springfield Donor Center Team Leader Beryl Boggess. “This was his 100th and her 80th. Drew’s dad always donated and that is why he started. Karen started when one of her relatives needed blood.”
It has become a rare occasion when Drew and Karen do – not – donate together, though it does happen occasionally. Drew reached his milestone with his third donation of 2018; for Karen, it was her fifth donation of the year.
Both drew closer to their milestones by making the maximum of six whole blood donations each in 2017.
Drew’s blood type is O positive, the universal donor for Rh positive patients. Karen is a CMV negative “baby donor” because she has never been exposed to the common cytomegalovirus. Hospitals prefer CMV-negative blood for the safety of children and especially newborns.
“They are very dedicated donors,” said Beryl. “We always look forward to visiting with them too.”