BEAVERCREEK — Type O positive blood was in particular demand during the winter months, and Robert Williams is a donor who always answers the call. He made his milestone 100th lifetime donationMarch 8 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
“I was actually eligible to make my 100th on Monday,” he said, “but since it rained the last two days I waited. I’m two days late!”
“It goes back a lot of years,” Robert said of the journey to his milestone. “I started in the military in ’66. I served four years active duty and finished as a captain. I was here at Wright-Patt and donated some at the base. I got out, and went back to work in the civil service, at the same desk, doing the same things, just with a change of clothes! I retired in July of 2008 with 41 years.”
Robert and his wife Susan have been married 25 years and have two children and five grandchildren. Susan is a physician at the Cleveland Clinic, which means they split time at two homes. After moving their bedroom furniture to Cleveland he began work on the replacements.
“I’m building a bedroom suite in cherry,” he said as he donated. “I started with the bedside table, since that was easy. I did the dresser then I’ll do the chest and finish with a headboard. I’ll probably go work on it when I’m finished here.”
Robert has had only one detour on his Donor for Life journey. He was deferred from donating for five years while being treated for prostate cancer. “I have been blessed with good health,” he said.
He remains dedicated to donating, “Because I can,” he said. “The need is there for it. I’m healthy and able to do it, so why not? I’ll put it on my schedule for two months from now. It will pop up and tell me it’s time go again.”
Story courtesy of the Community Blood Center.