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FAIRMONT BEGINS 4TH ANNUAL UNITY CAMPAIGN - RIVALS UNITE ONCE MORE TO GIVE BLOOD, HELP OTHERS

October 29, 2018

KETTERING, Ohio - Joining forces with rival Alter to support blood drives and local charities was a new idea at Fairmont High School four years ago.  But donors at the fourth annual "Unity Blood Drive" Oct. 26 in Trent Arena are now pretty familiar with the Community Blood Center/Universal 1 Unity in the Community campaign.

  "Unity in the Community" is a partnership between Fairmont and Archbishop Alter High Schools, CBC and Universal 1 Credit Union.   Both schools host fall blood drives and jointly present a $1,000 award sponsored by Universal 1 to a designated charity during halftime of the Alter-Fairmont basketball game.

The schools take turns identifying a charity they feel is most deserving of the award.  Alter will choose this year's recipient.

Friday's fall blood drive totaled 156 donors, including 72 first-time donors and 126 blood donations. It's the first step in the 2018-2018 Unity Campaign that will include Alter's fall blood drive on Nov. 7.

Fairmont blood drives are coordinated by Student Activities Coordinator Corey Miller and Erica Rogers. Allied Health students volunteer as the sponsor group for all Fairmont blood drives. A key responsibility is serving students in the Donor Café and making sure they are recovering well from their donation.

"I've always wanted to come and try it," said first-time donor Christopher Mix.  He's not surprised by Fairmont's now four-year commitment to the Unity campaign. "There are a decent number of people at Fairmont that like helping others," said Christopher. "People I know."

Fairmont and Alter's 2017 Unity blood drives totaled 268 donors, including 131 first-time donors and 217 blood donations.  Fairmont chose Camp Kesem as the $1,000 Unity award recipient, a summer camp and peer support program for children with family members fighting cancer.

Fairmont began the new school years as CBC's regional champion in student blood drive participation and donor loyalty.  Fairmont earned two $1,000 High Leadership grants for 2017-2018 in the top category of "Most Donors" and the "Red Cord Excellence" category for the highest number of graduates who frequently supported blood drives.

It was the second consecutive year Fairmont has won the "Most Donors" grant and the third consecutive year it has won the "Red Cord Excellence" grant.