KETTERING, Ohio – Archbishop Alter High School presented the $1,000 Unity in the Community Award to Diabetes Dayton at the Dec. 21 Alter-Fairmont basketball game. The Knights and Firebirds were rivals on the court, but partners in the fourth annual Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Unity in the Community campaign.
“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.
The Alter and Fairmont blood drives totaled 225 donors, including 106 first-time donors, and resulting in 184 donations.
The schools alternate identifying a charity to receive the award and this year was Alter’s turn to choose. 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 chose Diabetes Dayton, 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 will 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.
Back row: Jeanne Kernan( alter coordinator) ;Garret Gallion (Fairmont USB) ;Dan Gouge ( universal 1 Credit Union); Andrew Sarmir; Miles Kelley (both Fairmont USB) ; Tyler Alexander ( principal)
Front row: Mary Cook ( universal 1 Credit Union); Susan McGovern, Diabetes Dayton; Jessie Haeger ,Alter Cure Club and blood drive coordinator; Emma Kane , Emma Pepper, Ashlyn Coleman and Becca Krieger ( Fairmont USB), Donna Teuscher, Community Blood Center.
Jeanne Kernan, Alter HS nurse and blood drive coordinator; Dan Gouge, Universal 1 Credit Union; Mary Cook, Universal 1 Credit Union; Jessie Haeger, Alter Cure Club and blood drive coordinator; Susan McGovern, Diabetes Dayton.