BEAVERCREEK — Bradley “Brad” Paul of Beavercreek is eyeing retirement from his work at Wright Patt Air Force Base, but on Wednesday, May 31 he crossed off a different milestone from his bucket list. He reached his milestone 100th lifetime blood donation at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
“I just try to be consistent and donate six times a year,” Brad said. “I guess it’s getting close to 18 years now.”
Brad’s journey to his 100th donation milestone began with a group of friends. “We had a team,” he said. “There were five of us from the base that would come down here (the CBC Dayton Donor Center) as a group. Over the years people dropped off but I kept coming.”
Brad was motivated to keep returning because as a “Universal Donor” he knew his type O negative blood was in constant demand. “Being an O negative, a lot of time my blood was used for pediatrics,” he said, “and that was always really good to know.”
Brad served eight years of active duty in the US Air Force and moved back to the Miami Valley in 1988 to work at the base. Brad and his wife Marti have lived in Beavercreek since 1991. They’ve been married 38 years and have two children.
Marti retired from Wright Patt in September where she worked in personnel training. Brad, an engineering supervisor, plans to retire in December. By then he’ll be well on his way to a new donation milestone. “I just try to stay consistent, every two months,” he said.
Story courtesy of the Community Blood Center. For more information visit www.GivingBlood.org.