Washington Township donor Jerold “Jerry” Orum added big smiley face to the “O” of his last name in his signature Nov. 7 at the Dayton Community Blood Center. Jerry was feeling good about donating plasma for his milestone 200th lifetime blood donation.
“My first donation was in the U.S. Army, involuntarily!” Jerry said with a smile. “The other 199 are voluntarily.”
Many donors can remember making their first blood donation while in the military, but it’s a select few like Jerry who continue a “Donor for Life” journey that includes faithful donations of platelet and plasma.
Jerry has been a platelet and plasma donor since 2004. He averages about a dozen donations a year and reached his 200 milestone with his 13th donation of 2018.
“I signed up online for platelets, but today you needed plasma,” he said. “It’s whatever you guys want.”
Jerry is retired from a career in contract and civilian employee work in logistics support at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He and his wife Maxine started SelectTech Services, Inc. 36 years ago and Maxine continues to serve as the chief financial officer.
They split time between Washington Township and their home on Gull Lake in Hickory Corners, Michigan. He’s a Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner and wore his favorite Harley-inspired “King of the Road” blood drive t-shirt from the summer of 2013 for his milestone.
“I keep it in Michigan and still ride,” Jerry said about his Harley, “even though they have a lot of potholes in Michigan!”
Jerry continues to donate year-round at the Dayton CBC, thankful for smooth rolling along his “Donor for Life” Journey.
“I have been very, very fortunate on this earth regarding my health,” said Jerry. “It’s been excellent over many years – seven decades! Many other folks in this great country have not been so lucky. Donating blood and its various components has given me the opportunity to give back to those who have been less fortunate.
“It also feels good to do so and I am happy that I am able to share by good health with others in need.”