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FLYERS DROP THE BOOKS TO DONATE - UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON COMPLETES BIG YEAR OF BLOOD DRIVES

April 20, 2017

DAYTON, Ohio - In a year that saw the University of Dayton welcome a new president and say goodbye to the Flyers basketball coach, one part of UD identity remained unchanged: dedication to serving others and saving lives.

UD hosted its eighth and final Community Blood Center blood drive of the 2016-2017 academic year at the RecPlex Wednesday, April 19 with the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-health professional fraternity serving as the student sponsor group.

It's the end of the semester with final exams coming on fast, but the Flyers put down the books long enough to support the blood drive with 74 donors, including 21 first-time donors and 60 donations for 103 percent of the collection goal.

"My organization (AED) sponsors the blood drive," said Keelan Day, a junior from San Antonio, Texas. "I had some time in the day for it and I hadn't donated yet this year."

Keelan will be working for the Dayton Dragons as a video technician this summer.  Her fellow fraternity member Adam Schaefer, who made this third lifetime donation Wednesday, will be getting ready for graduation and his first year at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

"It's scary. It's a new step in my life," said Adam. "It's a lot of work, but it will be worth it."

The spirit of hard work in the service of others is second nature at UD, and students gladly took the time to give blood.

"It's really easy," said grad student Emily Holterman, who made her milestone fifth lifetime donation. "My dad always did it when I was younger."

"I was just going to the gym and I saw the sign!" said sophomore Madeline Salach, who made a quick detour to the blood drive for her second lifetime donation.

UD completed the academic year of eight blood drives with 632 donors, 278 first-time donors and 507 donations for 109 percent of goal.

CBC Account Representative Donna Teuscher presented the Platinum LifeSaving Ambassadors Club award for 2016 to Campus Recreation Director Melissa Longino and Operations and Administration Associate Director Dave Ostrander.

Platinum is CBC's highest award for blood drive excellence. In 2016 UD sponsored eight blood drives resulting in 651 donors, 273 first-time donors and 505 donations for 108 percent of the collection goal.

"We started with one small room and grown so much," said Donna.   "You guys are wonderful with letting us do more."

"We'll put this on the wall with the other awards so the students can see it," said Melissa. "You hold the blood drive in there and the students are so great about donating at the drives. They can see the impact they've made and the history of that impact."