Read about a local woman who made donating blood a life-long commitment.
“I’ve been donating blood and platelets for over thirty years now,” she said. “I always try to make time to donate at Hoxworth.”
Platelet donation is an important responsibility for Connie, a lifelong Cincinnatian who has been donating for well over half of her life. She first donated blood at Hoxworth when she was 17-years-old, and donated platelets for the first time when she was about 20.
“Apheresis was in its infancy when I started donating,” she said. “They used to have family members call and ask people to donate for their loved ones, and I remember being called by a woman whose son had thrombocytopenia (a decrease of platelets in the blood). I went in to donate, and I have been donating pretty regularly ever since.”
While a lot has changed in the past few decades — Hoxworth recruiters, for instance, will call donors instead of family members — Connie’s dedication to platelet donation has not wavered.
“I think donating blood or platelets is a simple way to be a good person,” said Connie, who donates at the Blue Ash neighborhood center. “You can literally save a life with just an hour or two of your time. It is a very community-minded act, and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Here is a list of upcoming Hoxworth Blood Center Blood Drives:
Here is a list of upcoming Hoxworth Blood Drives:
11/24/20 – Rookwood Commons Hoxworth Blood Drive
11/25/20 – Oakley Community Blood Drive