DAYTON — Clayton donor Sonia Kreider may be calm and soft-spoken by nature, but she could barely contain her excitement when she reached her milestone 100th lifetime blood donation Tuesday, April 18 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
“I was looking forward to it and I knew it was for the jacket!” she said, anticipating CBC’s traditional award of a “Donor for Life – 100 LTD” embroidered jacket.
Sonia allowed a quiet sigh as she thought back to the beginning of her “Donor for Life” journey. “It was at least 40 years,” she said about her first donation. “My daughter was a baby – about six months old. Now she’s 42.”
Sonia became a regular whole blood donor, but the journey to her milestone was halted when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “It hasn’t progressed, but I couldn’t donate,” she said.
But guidelines changed and Sonia began donating again in 2016. She needed just four donations to reach her 100th. Sonia and her husband Lee have four children and five grandchildren. Lee came with her Tuesday to the Dayton Donor Center to help her celebrate by going to lunch.
“I’m glad!” Sonia said. “It’s something I can do to help people and it doesn’t cost a thing. I’ll keep coming back!”
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