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A LEGACY OF GIVING: IVORY FAMILY NAMED TO DONATION HALL OF FAME

October 27, 2021

DAYTON, Ohio - The Ivory family from Dayton will be inducted into the Fresenius Kabi National Donation Hall of Fame class of 2021 on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at the CBC Dayton Donation Center, 349 S. Main St.

The Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame recognizes individuals nationwide who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to blood donation. Blood centers across the country submit nominations from which 12 inductees are chosen annually based on their demonstrated commitment and passion to donating blood and/or encouraging blood donation.

Fresenius Kabi will present awards to Jim, Bill, Tim and Mike Ivory, the four brothers who each have achieved more than 100 lifetime donations. Ten siblings will each receive a framed family photo. The Ivory family photo and story will be featured in the nationally distributed 2022 Fresenius Kabi Donor Calendar.

MIKE IVORY WAS FOURTH IN HALL OF FAME FAMILY TO TOP 100 DONATIONS

Dayton donor Mike Ivory grew up in a big Irish-Polish family of 11 kids, and as the youngest he learned to wait his turn.  He was modestly gleeful on April 21, 2021 to become the fourth Ivory sibling to reach the milestone of 100lifetime blood donations.

"I'm the last of 11 children, eight boys and three girls," said Mike. "We all grew up here in old North Dayton. We're all doing it. It was something instituted by our parents, Bob and Josephine Ivory. Donating what you have - clothes, money or blood - to those in need. My parents were angels and instituted that upon all of us."

Nine of the Ivory siblings are blood donors and six donate with Community Blood Center.

When CBC nominated the Ivory family, they collectively had made 887 lifetime donations. They now have nearly 900.  Special award recognition will go to the four brothers who each have more than 100 lifetime donations.  They account for 742 of the family donations.

Jim Ivory leads the family with 304 lifetime donations, followed by Bill with 196, Tim with 135 and Mike with 107.  "I'm honored to be part of this family," said Jim, who retired from donating in 2016 after heart surgery. "I always tried to get people to go."

Bill and Mike are platelet donors, and both are scheduled to donate immediately following the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Tim lives in Centerville and averages five whole blood donations per year.

Jim is proud of the family's Polish heritage and learned how to make his mother's popular cabbage rolls for events at the Dayton Polish Club. She also inspired him to donate.

He remembers hurrying with his mother to CBC to donate blood after the deadly 1974 Xenia tornado.

"I brought my mom down that night, and there were so many people crowded into the hallways you couldn't move. I remember a nurse opened a door from a stairway and said, 'Come this way.' We ended up being the first to have blood drawn."

Mike didn't let the COVID-19 pandemic break his streak of donating. He made four platelet and plasma donations in 2020 and has more than doubled that number in 2021, including a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma donation.

It's still an uphill climb to catch his brothers in blood donations, but that's a source of inspiration.

"I really had that goal of 100 to get to, but I'm not going to stop," he said. "My goal now is 200, and to find out where my brothers' numbers are!"

The Ivory family becomes the seventh CBC nominee inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame and the fifth in the last seven years. They follow Kettering donor Theo Hale, the youngest inductee (2019), Botkins donor and blood drive coordinator Susan Leugers (2017), CBC's top donor Wendell Clark (2016), and blind donor Larry Smith (2015).