Belmont donor Lorine Strassberg held memories of her late husband Gene in her heart as she made her milestone 100th lifetime blood donation Nov. 1 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
She said she began her “Donor for Life” journey because of Gene. “It was when my husband started getting sick and needed blood,” she said. “I donated at the blood drive at Immaculate Conception Church.”
Cancer claimed Gene’s life, and also claimed one of her four children. As a blood type O positive donor she is a universal donor for all positive Rh patients. She has a deep appreciation for how important blood transfusions are for the treatment of cancer patients.
Lorine has six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. She is retired from a career in banquet management that included the Hope Hotel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
She has been a dedicated whole blood donor for decades at the Dayton Donor Center. She still averages five donations per year and reached her milestone with her fifth donation of 2018.
Reaching 100 donations this year was her goal. “For sure!” she said. “I kept it up. I wanted to get the 100th. This is quite a milestone.”
She celebrated by trying on the CBC “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket.
“It’s easy giving because I know I want to help someone,” she said. “So I keep doing it.”