Lorine Strassberg 100 LTD

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.”


Jerry Orum 200 LTD

Washington Township donor Jerold “Jerry” Orum added big smiley face to the “O” of his last name in his signature Nov. 7 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.  Jerry was feeling good about donating plasma for his milestone 200th lifetime blood donation.

“My first donation was in the U.S. Army, involuntarily!” Jerry said with a smile. “The other 199 are voluntarily.”

Many donors can remember making their first blood donation while in the military, but it’s a select few like Jerry who continue a “Donor for Life” journey that includes faithful donations of platelet and plasma.

Jerry has been a platelet and plasma donor since 2004.  He averages about a dozen donations a year and reached his 200 milestone with his 13th donation of 2018.

“I signed up online for platelets, but today you needed plasma,” he said. “It’s whatever you guys want.”

Jerry is retired from a career in contract and civilian employee work in logistics support at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  He and his wife Maxine started SelectTech Services, Inc. 36 years ago and Maxine continues to serve as the chief financial officer.

They split time between Washington Township and their home on Gull Lake in Hickory Corners, Michigan.  He’s a Harley-Davidson motorcycle owner and wore his favorite Harley-inspired “King of the Road” blood drive t-shirt from the summer of 2013 for his milestone.

“I keep it in Michigan and still ride,” Jerry said about his Harley, “even though they have a lot of potholes in Michigan!”

Jerry continues to donate year-round at the Dayton CBC, thankful for smooth rolling along his “Donor for Life” Journey.

“I have been very, very fortunate on this earth regarding my health,” said Jerry. “It’s been excellent over many years – seven decades! Many other folks in this great country have not been so lucky. Donating blood and its various components has given me the opportunity to give back to those who have been less fortunate.

“It also feels good to do so and I am happy that I am able to share by good health with others in need.”


Alter High Cure Club volunteers

KETTERING, Ohio – Archbishop Alter High School donors at the Nov. 7 “Unity Blood Drive” were happy to help with the fourth annual Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Unity in the Community campaign.  The blood drive part of the campaign is now complete and the next step is for the Knights to finalize the recipient of the Unity Award.

“Unity in the Community” is a partnership between Archbishop Alter and Fairmont High Schools, CBC and Universal 1 Credit Union.  Both schools host fall blood drives and jointly present a $1,000 award sponsored by Universal 1 to a designated charity during halftime of the Alter-Fairmont basketball game.

Alter’s Unity Blood drive went smoothly, completing 100 percent of the collection goal with the help of 69 donors, including 34 first-time donors, and resulting in 58 donations.

The schools take turns identifying a charity they feel is most deserving of the award.  Alter will choose this year’s recipient.  The student sponsor organization for Alter blood drives is the CURE club, a cancer research advocacy and support group.  CURE President Jessie Haaker said the club and Alter blood drive coordinator and school nurse Jeanne Kernan are considering a diabetes support organization.

“Mrs. Kernan’s son has diabetes and my father has it,” said Jessie. “It’s something we volunteer for and support.”   The $1,000 Unity Award would help with education classes, a summer camp and low-cost medical supplies for families in need.

“Sometimes it hits families who can’t afford to take care of it,” said Jesse.

The first step in this year’s Unity Campaign was supporting the blood drive. Junior Zoe Bishop made her first lifetime donation Wednesday. “I thought it was a good cause and that I should do it,” she said. “I was nervous at first but I’m fine now.”

Junior Peter Schimpf also made his first lifetime donation. “My family donates blood,” said Peter. “They race to see who is the fastest! My father donates in about five or six minutes and my sister in about seven!”

Seniors Nicoletta Anuci and Morgan Cruset both made their third lifetime donations at the Unity Blood Drive, qualifying for CBC’s Red Cord Honor Program. As upperclassmen and experienced donors, they are very familiar with the Unity Campaign. They say the rivals remain competitors, but in Unity have a common ground.

“It’s one time when everybody works together to help a cause,” Nicolletta said about the joint effort with rival Fairmont.  “It brings everyone closer,” said Morgan.


Friday’s fall blood drive totaled 156 donors, including 72 first-time donors and 126 blood donations. It’s the first step in the 2018-2018 Unity Campaign that will include Alter’s fall blood drive on Nov. 7.

Fairmont and Alter’s 2017 Unity blood drives totaled 268 donors, including 131 first-time donors and 217 blood donations.  Fairmont chose Camp Kesem as the $1,000 Unity award recipient, a summer camp and peer support program for children with family members fighting cancer.

Lucy Shuermann 1 LTD


Catholic Central High School Leadership GrantSPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The unmistakable aroma of bacon drifting through the hallways of Catholic Central High School served as a warm invitation Monday morning, Nov. 5, reminding students to enjoy a free breakfast before donating at the fall blood drive.

The blood drive was also an opportunity for Community Blood Center to present the $1,000 High School Leadership award for “Most Improved Blood Drive” to blood drive coordinator Leah Short and her Student Council volunteers.

Catholic Central earned the award with a 103 percent increase in blood drive support during the 2017-2018 school year compared the previous year.  A key to the growth was Catholic Central returning to a schedule of two annual blood drives.

The CBC Bloodmobile was back on campus for Monday’s blood drive, and students responded with 37 donor registrations, including 20 first-time donors and 32 units donated for 128 percent of collection goal.

“They really wanted to do a good job, planning the breakfast, getting students motivated and promoting the Red Cord,” said Leah, who teaches math and serves as Student Council advisor. “I remember telling them, I’m totally hands-off.  This is a lot of work, go for it! They did it all.”

The volunteers set out bottles of Gatorade with each donors name printed on the cap, and bought dozens of Schuler’s Bakery donuts (a Springfield hometown favorite) for the Donor Café. The highlight of the morning was the breakfast. “We made it a very protein-rich breakfast with eggs, more bacon and more sausage!” said Leah.

Emilia DaRosa was one of several senior donors on the Bloodmobile making her second lifetime donation.  She wasn’t surprised by the “Most Improved Blood Drive” award.

“I remember it was full last year,” she said. “It was hard to get a spot.  It was seniors and upperclassmen first in general.”

Senior Abigail Erter was happy to make her first lifetime donation. “I just wanted to help out people who need help,” she said.

CBC annually awards 1,000 High School Leadership Grants in five categories.  Fairmont High School won the “Most Donors” and “Red Cord Excellence” grants. Catholic Central was one of three of the region’s smallest schools to receive awards.  Seton Catholic High School and Houston High School won grants for highest and second highest percentage of enrollment donating.

“It’s going straight to Student Council,” Leah said of how Catholic Central will use the $1,000 grant. “They do a lot of student activities, and it will go straight back to the students.”

Catholic Central Bloodmobile



Michael Long 100 LTD

Miamisburg donor Michael Long took a long, winding road to retirement after 40 years with GM and another 10 with RTA.  But as a blood donor, he just keeps on rolling. Michael reached his milestone 100th lifetime donation Oct. 11 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.

Michael averages six donations per year, and reached his milestone with his fifth donation of 2018. But he says his journey to 100 donations started slowly then picked up speed.

“I wasn’t as regular as I am now,” he said.  “I worked at Delco-Moraine; I started there in ’66. They had blood drives and I started doing it.  I started counting on doing it regularly.  I retired from GM after 40 years and worked 10 more years with RTA as a driver.”

Michael and his wife Linda will be married 32 years in November. They have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

“The last 10 to 15 years I started to give more regularly,” he said. “I thought it wasn’t hard to do, and it was beneficial to someone else.  As long as I was healthy and could share my blood with someone. Jesus did it first. He shared his blood for all of us. I can at least do it for one person.”


Lynne Gallaher 100, Kathy Class 13 LTD

Clayton donor Lynne Gallaher and her daughter Kathy enjoyed a special “girls on the town” outing after their Oct. 11 visit to the Dayton Community Blood Center.  They were celebrating Lynn’s milestone 100th lifetime donation.

Lynn’s journey to her 100th donation began with a simple inspiration.  “I was working at NCR,” she said. “On my way home from work I just stopped. It just seemed like a good idea at the time.”  Visits to the Dayton Donor Center became a routine. “So then I would leave work at five and buzz in and out.”

As Lynn made her 100th donation Kathy was nearby making her 13th lifetime donation.  “I’m retired,” said Lynne.  “I kind of got out of my routine, but now I have my daughter, and we come together.”

“We normally come together,” said Kathy.  Afterwards, its errands or shopping “and we go have lunch. It’s the girls out on the town!”

After retiring Lynne averaged two or three donations per year.  But she reached the 100 milestone with her fifth donation of 2018.

Lynne has a simple reason to stay loyal to her donation routine: “It’s just the fact that it’s needed,” she said. “Once you get into the routine it’s easier.”


Drew Titone 100 LTD, Karen 80 LTD

Springfield donors Drew and Karen Titone celebrated joint milestones with their side-by-side donations Oct. 15 at the Springfield Community Blood Center. Drew achieved his 100th lifetime donation and Karen reached the “10 gallon” mark with her 80th lifetime donation.

“Drew and his wife Karen almost always come together to donate,” said Springfield Donor Center Team Leader Beryl Boggess.  “This was his 100th and her 80th.  Drew’s dad always donated and that is why he started. Karen started when one of her relatives needed blood.”

It has become a rare occasion when Drew and Karen do – not – donate together, though it does happen occasionally.  Drew reached his milestone with his third donation of 2018; for Karen, it was her fifth donation of the year.

Both drew closer to their milestones by making the maximum of six whole blood donations each in 2017.

Drew’s blood type is O positive, the universal donor for Rh positive patients.  Karen is a CMV negative “baby donor” because she has never been exposed to the common cytomegalovirus.  Hospitals prefer CMV-negative blood for the safety of children and especially newborns.

“They are very dedicated donors,” said Beryl.  “We always look forward to visiting with them too.”