DAYTON — Englewood donor Teri Hunley has a 100-watt smile that was beaming bright all through her milestone 100th lifetime blood donation Friday, July 17 at the downtown Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC).
Her journey to the milestone began in 2000 as a whole blood donor, and it wasn’t long before she was donating more frequently as an apheresis donor.
“I started with blood drives at the Northmont School District,” she said. “I had teeny veins so I started coming down here (Dayton CBC). My blood type is AB-positive, which is the universal donor for plasma, so they sent me down here to donate.”
Hunley easily agreed when encouraged to be an apheresis donor, and she was again ready to help when CBC changed policies regarding female platelet and plasma donors.
“When they quit doing girls’ plasma, I started doing double platelets,” she said.
To reduce the risk of TRALI (Transfusion-Related Acute Lung Injury) CBC follows industry guidelines to minimize the transfusion of plasma products from female donors. (Since 2009, CBC only recruits male donors for platelets, but female donors who have donated platelets and have a proven successful transfusion history are eligible to donate platelets).
Hunley is also willing to help patients in need by being part of the bone marrow donor registry.
“My nephew had aplastic anemia when he was nine,” she said. “His sister gave her bone marrow and I registered when I started doing the blood drives.”