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90-YEAR-OLD DETERMINED TO MAKE MILESTONE DONATION

April 8, 2020

DAYTON, Ohio - It was against all warnings in the time of the COVID-10 pandemic for 90-year-old John Teevan to leave his Beavercreek home. But he was determined to travel to Community Blood Center early Wednesday morning April 8 to make his milestone 200th lifetime blood donation.

"I try to follow the rules and the regulations," said John. "The governor and the president told us to stay in the house." So why did he venture out? "This is 200 times! It's nice with everything that's going on, it all helps out."

John's daughter Lee Teevan could not talk him out of making a special visit to the Dayton CBC Donor Center for his 200th donation, despite the warnings to stay home.

Lee relented with the conditions that his appointment must be early in the morning to avoid other donors, and that he wear a protective mask.

"I'm so relieved," said Lee, who waited in her car as her father donated. "I couldn't sleep all night. He was ready to go!"

John is a regular donor at the Peace Lutheran Church community blood drives. He showed a similar resolve last September when he made his 198th lifetime donation at the Beavercreek Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, hosted by Peace Lutheran.  It was just days after losing his wife Alice.  They were married 61 years.

"She was attractive, and her personality was even better," John said at the September blood drive. "Tomorrow's the funeral. She donated 18 gallons of blood! I'm going to pass through this world, and I'm going to do a little bit of good while I pass through."

As he made his 200th donation Monday at CBC John recalled that he had worn his "Smokey the Bear" t-shirt at the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in support of the firefighters. His history as a donor goes back to when he wore a uniform. He proudly wore his veteran's cap while donating.

"I started donating when I was in the Navy in Tacoma, Washington in 1952," he said. "I donated one time in Wichita Falls, Texas at Sheppard Air Force Base. I went to school down there and they had a blood drive. I donated in quite a few states."

Now he's donating at time different from any other in his 90 years.

"The reason why I donate," said John, "Some men and women donate millions of dollars. Oprah Winfrey donated $10 million to Hurricane Katrina. I can't do that. But I can help people in the hospital who are in bad shape and need it for cancer and operations."

 

COVID-10 CONVALESCENT PLASMA (CCP) UPDATE:

Community Blood Center plans to begin recruiting eligible donors for COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) by Friday, April. 10.  Plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 will be used to treat hospital patients infected with the virus.

CCP is transfused to people with life-threatening COVID-19 infection. The antibodies present in convalescent plasma are proteins that may help critically ill patients fight the infection.

CBC is working with the FDA and local hospitals to coordinate the collection and use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma. By Friday, April 10 potential donors may review the eligibility criteria and fill-out online forms at the CBC website www.GivingBlood.org.

BLOOD SUPPLY UPDATE:

Blood supply is at a normal level. However, blood drive cancellations have now topped 100 with a projected loss of nearly 4,000 units.  Community Blood Center and the community face many unknowns as COVID-19 infections reaches its peak.  CBC must prepare for the potential impact on the blood supply be encouraging eligible donors to make appointments to donate at www.DonorTime.com

Blood Drive Cancellations: 105

Projected Units Lost: 3,900

DAYTON DONOR CENTER HOURS: 

Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Week of April 6 Blood Drives

Thursday, April 9

 Sidney Apostolic Temple, 210 S. Pomeroy Ave., Sidney OH 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

 Butler Tech Bioscience Cancelled.

Cargill - Sidney Cancelled.

Union County High School Cancelled.

Shawnee High School Cancelled.

Springfield Regional Medical Center Cancelled.

ARC Abrasives Inc. Cancelled.

SEW-Eurodrive Cancelled.

Saturday, April 11

 Ginghamsburg Church. 7695 South County Road 25-A. Tipp City OH 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Centerville Grace Church, 410 E. Social Row Road, Dayton OH 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Golay Community Center, 1007 E. Main St., Cambridge City IN 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Do not be afraid to donate!

  • The blood supply is safe, and it is safe to donate.

  • Donors must be in good health. People with any cough or cold symptoms should not come to a blood drive. Take your temperature before coming to a blood drive.

  • There are no reported cases of coronavirus transmission through blood transfusion.

  • CBC is increasing hygienic and sanitary procedures.

  • Blood drives are an essential activity for public health. They are controlled events with infection safeguards to protect donors, staff, and blood products.

  • Make an appointment online at www.DonorTime.com or call (937) 461-3220.