Editor’s note: This week in this space we’ll take a break from our Miami Valley by Seasons feature to instead recognize someone who has made a difference by donating to the Dayton Community Blood Center. Miami Valley by Seasons will return next week. The following was sent in from the Dayton Community Blood Center.
Greenville donor Ivan Patterson could think of no better way of closing out his milestone 90th year of life than with a milestone gift of life. Ivan made his 500th lifetime blood donation at the Greenville Ministerial Association blood drive Jan. 9 at the Greenville Church of the Brethren.
Ivan is a pioneer platelet and plasma donor with Community Blood Center and a member of the original LifeLeaders apheresis team. He declared two years ago, “My goal is to get to 500 during the year that I turn 90!” and he kept his promise.
He first donated in 1945 at age 18 and his 500th donation was less than a month before his 91st birthday celebration on Feb. 7.