DAYTON — Huber Heights donor Robert “Bob” Lutz is a retired mail carrier who delivers on his “Donor for Life” mission to donate platelets and plasma as often as he can. That steady pace brought him to his 200th lifetime donation milestone with a platelet donation June 30 at the Dayton Community Blood Center.
“It was wonderful,” Bob said about reaching his milestone.
Apheresis donors can give platelets up to 24 times a year. Bob likes to donate every two weeks. To be in sync with his eligibility, Bob had to wait until Aug. 4 to make his 201st donation. He was glad to be back.
Bob began donating at the New York Blood Center’s Hudson Valley Donor Center. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1992 and Bob and his wife Florence decided to move to the Miami Valley in 2012 to be closer to Florence’s sister Jocelyn, and for a “slower way of life.” He became a CBC donor right away.
Bob was one of only a few apheresis donors at Hudson Valley. He transferred his record of 93 donations to CBC, and has never slowed down. Bob’s milestone donation was his 15th donation of 2016. He made a giant step toward 200 by making 29 platelet and plasma donations in 2016.
Bob is an AB blood type, making him a universal plasma donor. Any patient in need can receive his plasma, regardless of their blood type. Plasma blood products are used by burn, trauma and cancer patients.
Bob and Florence have a son and daughter and three grandchildren. They belong to St. Peter Parish in Huber Heights and Bob stays busy volunteering at the St. Peter’s food pantry, helping families in need in the surrounding area.
As a mail carrier he was dedicated to the “completion of his appointed rounds.” He is just as dedicated to his Donor for Life journey and it’s an even greater source of satisfaction.
“You get a call, telling you saved a life at a hospital, or you helped a child at Children’s Hospital,” he said. “You know the giving is worthwhile. When you hear that, you know you are helping other people.”