TROY’S RICHARD BRENNEMAN GIVES BACK ON GIVING TUESDAY WITH 150TH LIFETIME DONATION

Richard Brenneman 150 LTD

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Troy donor and retired Wayne High School art teacher and volleyball coach Richard “Dick” Brenneman celebrated Nov. 27 “Giving Tuesday” by giving his milestone 150th lifetime blood donation at the Dayton Community Blood Center.

Richard taught 35 year in the Hubert Heights Schools system.  He was head girls’ volleyball coach at Wayne and started the first boys’ volleyball program in the early 90’s.  He also coached for Tipp City Schools.

“That’s how I got started donating blood,” said Richard. “Because our teachers’ association would donate as a group or if you couldn’t donate, try to ask someone who could. It never bothered me to donate. I was busy coaching so I would only donate about once a year, but then I would donate more often.  I saw I was eligible and thought I would come down today.”

Richard and his wife Mary Ann, an audiologist in Springfield, have been married 37 years and have two daughters.  Dick and Mary Ann recently moved from Tipp City to Troy. Their oldest daughter Julia lives in Tipp City and is expecting the first grandchild in January.

Richard is dedicated to donating when eligible and averages six whole blood donations per year. He reached his milestone 150th with his sixth donation of 2018.

“It’s something that doesn’t bother me at all to do it,” he said. “It’s something I can do and a way to give back. I still like getting those little phone calls about when and where your blood was used. You know somebody used it and it makes it worthwhile.”

 

A LITTLE BIT OF ‘SNOW BOWL’ FOR SHELBY CO. ‘BUCKEYE BLOOD DRIVE’

Micah, Monica Overby with Larry

SIDNEY, Ohio – Buckeye fans had an extra bounce in their step as they entered the Sidney American Legion Post on “Giving Tuesday,” Nov. 27.  They were greeted with “O-H” and answered “I-O” as they signed in to donate at the OSU Alumni Club of Shelby County and Farm Bureau Women’s Committee “Buckeye Blood Drive.”

It was the second year of co-sponsoring the blood drive and two groups go together like the Scarlet and Gray.  Last year the blood drive took place during rival week before the Ohio State-Michigan game. This year came after “The Game” and Buckeye fans could bask in the glory of a surprisingly dominant win that catapulted them into Saturday’s Big 10 Championship.

“This is perfect!” said alumni club volunteer Paula Coder. “We won and everybody is upbeat. After the big win on Saturday it’s something to celebrate, that’s for sure!”

It also boosted enthusiasm to have two well-known Buckeyes boosters visiting the blood drive for the second year.  Super fan “OSU Buckeyeman” Larry Lokai gave away homemade buckeye necklaces as door prizes and Coach Jim Tressel look-alike Dennis “Tress” Singleton schooled donors on Buckeye football history.

“Tress” met his match in Buckeye lore when trading stories with donor and alumni club volunteer Brooks Ware.  Brook was 13 years old when he traveled with his family from Sidney to Columbus for the 1950 OSU-Michigan game, known as the infamous “Snow Bowl.”

“We left at the end of the third quarter,” recalled Brook. “It was snowing so hard you couldn’t see anything. We didn’t get home until Monday morning. We got within 15 miles and stopped in the middle of the road, stuck in the snow. We walked to a farm house. They took us in and another family and we stayed there two nights. We got home Monday and school was out the whole next week.”

Larry first appeared in his alter ego of “Buckeyeman” at the 1998 OSU-Michigan game. It would shock most to know that the energetic super fan is age 76. “I started my 21st year,” he said. “It’s not like I’m getting old!”  He made a sign for the TV cameras boldly predicting an Ohio State win.

“I believe you have to have confidence,” said Larry. “With Urban Meyer, if you make him an underdog, you’re in trouble.”

In the Donor Cafe donors talked more about the food than the game. The women’s committee served chicken salad sandwiches, homemade cookies, and of course chocolate-covered Buckeyes.

“I love them,” said Sidney donor Carolyn Miller.  “I like anything with peanut butter!”

“For us, collaborating with the Farm Bureau women works,” said alumni club member and blood drive coordinator Roger Bender. “They’re not going to be able to do it that much longer.”

 

The alumni club also faces the challenge of recruiting new members. “I enjoy this,” said President Tina Hottle. “I wish we had more people to help. It might be that we partner with someone else.”

“It’s been Avery positive thing for the club,” said club secretary Helen Ward. “This location gets a lot of people out.”

It wasn’t the “Snow Bowl” but donors braved below-freezing temperatures and snow showers to support the blood drive.  It totaled 133 donors, including 119 whole blood donations and 10 platelet and plasma donations.

OSU Alumni Club blood drive

 

CENTERVILLE DONORS HONOR PAST, PAY IT FORWARD FOR LITTLE JAKE

Alisha Burcham donating

CENTERVILLE, Ohio – It was back during the heat of summer that Alisha Burcham began recruiting donors for a new blood drive to celebrate the City of Centerville’s 50th anniversary and also support her infant son Jake.  Snowflakes were flying Monday, Nov. 26 as donors filled the Centerville Police Department and Alisha talked about Jake looking forward to a bright Christmas.

Alisha is a Centerville staff engineer who saw the 50th anniversary blood drive with Community Blood Center as a chance to honor the past and “pay it forward.” Jake was born Nov. 7, 2017 after a troubled pregnancy and had four blood transfusions before he was two months old.

Jake received his first transfusions when Alisha was still pregnant as treatment for hemolytic anemia. He was born Nov. 7, 2017 and spent six days in the neonatal intensive care unit. “So to pay it forward and maybe save someone else’s son, I wanted to hold a blood drive,” Alisha said.

She recruited friends and co-workers, and signed up to make her first lifetime donation. “Probably 70 percent are donating for the first time,” she said.  “It’s been going well. We’ve had quite a few walk-ins.”

Her hard work paid off with 44 donors, including 13 first-time donors and 37 blood donations.

“This has been on my calendar for months,” said donor Jennifer Wilder, a former co-worker who is now with the City of Oakwood.  “She sent me a reminder and I wanted to make sure I did it. She was pregnant when I was working there. She went through a lot and I know it means a lot to her.”

“I signed up during the summer,” said University of Dayton senior Taylor Schindler, a former summer intern who made her first lifetime donation Monday. “That’s the reason I signed on. It’s different when it’s personal.”

“It’s hard to say no,” said Centerville staff worker C.T. Houser, as he made his first donation. “Nothing wrong with giving a little bit of blood. It’s needed.”

Alisha was glad to report that Jake celebrated his first birthday in good health and with a big plastic “Cozy Coupe” car.  “He could live in it,” she said. “He never wants out!”   As for his second Christmas, “He notices the lights probably the most and loves the food!”

The blood drive is one of Centerville’s final 50th anniversary events before the grand anniversary celebration Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Centerville Tree Lighting Ceremony.