BEAVERCREEK — Beavercreek donor Stephen “Steve” Monnin has made a career out of helping save lives.
He’s a Donor for Life who made his milestone 100th lifetime donation Monday, June 27 with his regular visit to donate whole blood at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
Monnin can’t remember when he got started, but he does recall donating in temporary facilities as CBC made the move to its current headquarters in the late 1970s. He spent 33 years with the Dayton Fire Department and retired in 2012.
Monnin has two children, Brad and Christy, and three grandchildren. He lost his wife Debbie to cancer in 2007. Donating for several years, he knew well the value of blood donations to help cancer patients.
The retired firefighter kept a steady schedule of visiting the Dayton CBC about every 10 weeks. He knew there were risks in his line of work, and was always grateful to be eligible to donate. His son Brad followed in his footsteps and is now a Dayton Firefighter.
He said, “not a darn thing” keeps him busy in retirement, except his regular blood donations and his love of golf.
His son and son-in-law treated him to Father’s Day weekend at the US Open in Pittsburgh, and said, “That will probably be my birthday and Christmas present for the next 10 or 12 years!”
When the weather gets colder he’ll still be hitting the links, and he knows what he will be wearing: his new “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” jacket.
Story courtesy of Community Blood Center.