A countless number of patients in need of blood have been fortunate to benefit from the generosity of CBC’s all-time top donor Wendell Clark. But on his 683rd lifetime blood donation, it was Wendell who got lucky. He won the drawing for Fran Duell’s lovingly hand-crafted Ohio State University “Buckeye Blanket” afghan with his single entry after donating on New Year’s Eve.
Good fortune continued on New Year’s Day with OSU defeating Washington in the Rose Bowl to give Urban Meyer his final win as head coach of the Buckeyes.
Fran is a loyal donor and friend of CBC who makes afghans for a variety of donor drawings. She is especially passionate about her pink “October Breast Cancer Awareness Afghan” after losing her sister to breast cancer. As a loyal University of Dayton alumnus and basketball fan, she enjoys making a U.D. “March Madness Afghan” in the traditional baby blue Flyer colors.
CBC presented the blanket to Wendell when he arrived as a guest of honor for the Friday, Jan. 4 “January Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month Kick-Off” at the Dayton CBC. Wendell will share the warmth of the OSU afghan with his wife Vivian. She declared it a beautiful labor of love and sent warm thanks to Fran.
Wendell was the first honored guest to speak at the welcome ceremony and said, “We need to keep recruiting more young people because the donor base is getting older and we need replacements for them.”