August 19, 2019

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio - A community of Huber Heights neighbors and Southview Medical center colleagues kept their commitment to Tina Daniels by donating in memory of her husband Ed at the seventh annual Ed Daniel Memorial Blood Drive Aug. 17 at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church.

The blood drive for Community Blood Center totaled 39 donors, including 33 donations and six first-time donors for 114 percent of collection goal.

Ed Daniel was known as "The Donut King" when he operated Daniel Donuts stores in Huber Heights and Fairborn.  He depended on blood product transfusions during his five-year battle with mantle cell lymphoma.  It was Ed's wish to host a blood drive to thank donors. Tina and her daughters sponsored the first Ed Daniel Memorial Blood Drive in August of 2013.

One of the first donors Saturday was USPS mail carrier Matt Crumley, who grew up with Tina's daughter Ashley.  He was again committed to both making his Saturday delivery rounds, and never missing a donation at the Ed Daniel Memorial Blood Drive.

Tina recruited her friends Leah Snow, a nurse at Southview Medical Center, and Linda Pace, a scheduler at Grandview Medical Center. "We met on the phone, I call her every day," said Tina. "I've been to all of the blood drives since she's been at Southview," said Linda.

Rick Lockwood came from the pancake breakfast at the Vandalia Masonic Lodge to donate. He enjoyed making fellow donors and staff members laugh and meeting Tina and her supporters. Rick served in Vietnam as a Marine, retired from the U.S. Air Force after 23 years, then spent nine years as a Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy.

Rick and his wife Susan have been married 49 years and Rick has 73 donations with CBC. "Our youngest son passed away at two months old," he said. "When our family needed blood you guys came through. So, this is my way of paying back."

Tina and her daughter Ashley wore the blood drive t-shirt they made with Ed's name and the logo of his favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds. "It chokes us up," said Jodi Willoughby, a friend of the Daniel family for more than 20 years. "He was such a good guy."

Tina's daughter Abby is pregnant with the family's first grandchild. "Ed will live on!" said Tina. "As long as I'm here we'll have a blood drive in his name for helping others."