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MILESTONE DONOR BILL ASHWORTH JOINS CBC’S ELITE ‘600 CLUB’

March 24, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - Dayton donor William "Bill" Ashworth joined Community Blood Center's elite "600 Club" with his milestone 600th lifetime donation on March 24 and celebrated with a surprise visit from State Sen. Steve Huffman who presented Bill with a commendation letter from the Ohio Senate.

"I congratulate you on your 600th donation," said Sen. Huffman, who is also a lifetime blood donor. "It's a wonderful thing you do for this community to give your blood and give your platelets. It's an honor to award this commendation from the State of Ohio."

Bill currently ranks fourth among CBC donors in lifetime donations. At age 86, he routinely donates platelets every two weeks.

"I've had all my shots!" Bill said about the COVID-19 vaccine, but he kept to his donation schedule throughout pandemic. He made the maximum of 24 platelet and plasma donations in 2020.

"I don't have much to do so I came here," he said. "I wore a mask. I don't get out often, and don't do much in the winter. In the summer I take care of the church yard at Calvary Open Bible Church."

Bill grew up in Athens, Ohio where he graduated high school in 1952, joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served three years at Camp Lejeune. He returned to school at Ohio University then moved to Dayton in 1962 to work as a supervisor at GM Frigidaire until 1980. He retired after 10 years as a U.S. Post Service mail carrier in Kettering.

He began donating with CBC in the early '60's. "I started coming down with my buddy I was running around with, Harry Amote. We met at Frigidaire, we bowled together, and our wives were good friends.

Bill's wife Sylvia was diagnosed with leukemia in 1989. "She went into remission, and she had to have platelets," he said. "I started giving platelets in '84. The leukemia came back, and she died in 2002."

He's thankful for the help she received from blood donors and remains inspired to help others through his platelet donations.  He has a daughter and son, four grandsons, and seven grandchildren. "We have a family reunion in Wilmington, not last year, but hopefully this year," he said. "That's when I get to see them all."

He routinely sees his daughter Crystal after donating and this visit will be special. "My daughter and I will go to breakfast at Bob Evans, hopefully today," he said. "We've been doing that after I give blood."

"By volunteering to donate blood at Community Blood Center over the past six decades you have helped save the lives of many victims of accidents and disease for whom blood donations are essential," said the commendation signed by State Senators Matt Huffman, Steve Huffman, and Niraj Antani.

"Your generous donations reflect a sincere dedication to ensuring the welfare of others, as well as an unwavering commitment to humanitarianism."

"I've got the plasma, I don't mind doing it," said Bill. "I enjoy it really."