Oakwood donors Glenn Stoops and Theodore Hale are 57 years apart in age, but share a strong bond as “Donors for Life” and friends for life. They celebrated more milestone donations together Friday, Dec. 28 at the Dayton Blood Center “New Year’s Resolution Party” with Glenn making his 315th lifetime donation, and at just age 19, Theo making his milestone 25th lifetime donation.
It was an extra special donation because both Glenn and Theo were interviewed by WDTN-TV reporter Catherine Ross for her report about the New Year’s Resolution donors.
Glenn talked about becoming a donor after receiving two units of blood during surgery. “I feel it helps people,” he told Catherine. “It doesn’t cost me a thing and it’s a good way to help people.”
Theo is not only a young milestone donor. He’s also a young platelet and plasma donor. He explained to Catherine why giving platelets is so important. “It clots the blood,” he said. “You can need some if you’re in a car accident, or even in a bicycle accident. I rode my bike here today.”
Glenn served as Theo’s role model in becoming a donor, and becoming an avid cyclist. The two have donated together on many occasions, and they have logged hundreds of miles on their bicycles together.
They both look forward to rolling down the road into the year 2019, doing their part to help save lives.
Before hitting the road on his bicycle, Theo shared an apple juice toast in a New Year’s champagne flute with another “Donor for Life” friend Judy LaMusga, who made her 477th lifetime donation. Judy is CBC’s second-ranked female donor. She’s been a friend of CBC for decades, but to her Theo stand outs. “He’s a special donor, a special young man and a very special friend,” she said.