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March 4, 2020

RIVERSIDE, Ohio - Student donors at Walter E. Stebbins High School stepped up support for their spring "Unity" blood drive on Tuesday, March 3. The result was a strong complementary effort to Fairborn High as the rivals joined forces for their third "Unity in Community" campaign.

Stebbins and neighboring Fairborn High have taken part in the Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Credit Union "Unity in the Community" campaign since 2018.  The rivals each host a CBC blood drive and alternate choosing a local charity for the $1,000 Unity Award sponsored by Universal 1.

Stebbins topped 102 percent of collection goal with 62 donors, including 17 first-time donors and 46 donations. Stebbins High's fall blood drive is traditionally larger, but blood drive coordinator Ann-Marie Boyce was impressed by the surge of support for the Unity blood drive.

"We filled up all appointments for the blood drive two weeks out. We never fill up that quick," said Ann-Marie. "We've got a batch of kids who really want to donate. We're in an upswing of kids really wanting to donate and be involved in this."

Ann-Marie teaches exercise science and sports medicine and is the advisor for the Skills USA career and technology organization.   She credited the Skills USA blood drive volunteers and said many students are motivated to wear the CBC Red Cord at graduation by registering to donate at least three times while in high school.

Tyler Cole qualified for the Red Cord with his third lifetime donation. "As soon as I found out about it, that was a goal," said Tyler.

Junior Madelynn Hart made her first lifetime donation. "I actually wasn't supposed to be able to because I was on the waiting list," said Madelynn, who is interested in a health tech career. "It's what I want to do," she said.

Senior Nicholas Popella and his friend A.J. Fox each made their sixth lifetime donation at the Unity blood drive. Nicholas is in the Air Force R.O.T.C and will join the Navy after graduation where he hopes to become a combat medic. He's found a call for helping save lives by giving blood, and by working as a lifeguard at Eastview Recreation Center.

"I have saved three lives," he said. "Two were drowning and one had an accident outside the pool. I don't only donate at school. There are blood drives all around the area. That's what I'm trying for. I've always wanted to help the community."

The Stebbins and Fairmont High Unity blood drives totaled 116 donors, 59 first-time donors and 88 units donated. Fairborn will choose a charitable cause as the recipient of the $1,000 Unity Award for 2020 and the presentation will take place at next season's Fairborn-Stebbins basketball game.