state sen. steve huffman with son will

DAYTON, Ohio – Miami County lawmaker Steve Huffman took care of some unfinished business on Jan. 10 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.

Huffman, a lifelong blood donor and an ER doctor, sponsored House Bill 252 to designate January “Ohio Blood Donor Awareness Month” while representing the Ohio House 80th district.  Three days after his swearing-in as the newly-elected member of the Ohio Senate 5th district, he joined family members in adding their donations to the first celebration of “Blood Donor Awareness Month.”

Steve and his wife Kathryn donated with three of their five children. Daughter Ashley and twins Will and Allison were available because they were home on holiday break from the University of Notre Dame.

“They’re modeling after me and my wife, who modeled after my parents, to give on a regular basis,” said Steve. “They started in high school and like a lot of people they just need a little reminder. That’s what Blood Donor Awareness Month is all about: a reminder to give blood on a regular basis as often as you can.”

The opportunity to donate with his son Will is especially meaningful to Steve. The twins were born 12 weeks premature and spent six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. Will needed a transfusion and Steve donated directly for his son.

Steve encouraged his children to begin donating in high school.  He envisioned “Blood Donor Awareness Month” as a way to inspire a new generation of blood donors.

“I think it’s great getting into the high schools,” he said. “The earlier you can spark donating with young people, the more likely they’re going to be lifelong donors.”

Blood Donor Awareness Month is an opportunity for CBC to emphasize its strategic goals for 2019: Welcome new donors; encourage current donors to donate “one more time” than planned; and identify and recruit new platelet and plasma donors.

Platelets and plasma are clotting agents that are critical for the care of trauma patients, cancer patients, transplant, and burn patients.

“They’re needed in the ER and after surgery and trauma just as much as whole blood,” said Huffman, an ER physician at TeamHealth. “They are life-saving, especially in the ER, where you use plasma to increase volume.  Trauma patients lose so much blood they need the protein in the plasma to get back to their natural state.”

“Platelets are used in the ER to stop bleeding,” he said, “and they are used for cancer patients because the chemotherapy they are getting has decreased their own system’s ability to make platelets.”

Part of CBC’s goal for 2019 and beyond is to provide the opportunity to donate platelets and plasma at more mobile blood drives. “I think it’s great that CBC has so many different areas to set up and to partner with so many churches and other sponsors to provide the opportunity to give blood products,” he said.


carroll-cj unity award 2019

DAYTON, Ohio – Traditional Catholic school cross-town rivals Carroll and Chaminade Julienne High Schools joined forces to help others in the Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Credit Union “Unity in the Community” campaign.

They teamed up to donate $1,000 to Wagmor Service Dogs with the Unity Award presentation at their Jan. 11 Carroll-CJ basketball game.

“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between CBC, Universal 1 Credit Union and a select group of rival high schools in the region.  Carroll and CJ first joined the Unity Campaign in 2017. The rival high schools host CBC blood drives then alternate choosing a charity for the annual Unity Award.

Carroll and CJ took part in the 2018 Unity in Community campaign by hosting campus blood drives at CJ on Feb. 23 and Carroll on March 16. They totaled 181 donors, including 91 first-time donors and 151 donations.  The students earned more than 181 hours of community service.

As host of the 2019 rival basketball game, Carroll chose this year’s Unity Award recipient.  Carroll named Wagmor Service Dogs to receive the $1,000 award sponsored by Universal 1. Wagmor Service Dogs hopes to help people who need a loving companion with a soft touch to change their lives. Wagmor Service Dogs can help people with disabilities gain confidence and improve their independence.

Laura Wright, Carroll HS blood drive coordinator; Angela Ruffolo, CJHS blood drive coordinator; Donna Teuscher, CBC; Fran Morford, owner Wagmor Service dogs; Ryan Ballou, Carroll HS; Andrew Wong, CJHS students; Matt Sableski, Carroll HS principal; Abby Rau, Erin McGraw, Avery Meyer, Paige Tincu, CJHS students; Dan Gouge, Universal 1 Credit Union; Jeremy Greenleaf, CJHS athletic director; Mary Cook, Universal 1 Credit Union; Scott Molfenter, Carroll HS athletic director.