DAYTON – There’s a bond of blood donations and afghan blankets that runs in the family of Huber Heights donor Caitlyn Foster. She was donating with her mom Jenny Foster in 2014 when Jenny won the drawing for Fran Duell’s afghan commemorating Community Blood Center’s 50th anniversary. Now Caitlyn is the winner of Fran’s pink October National Blood Donor Awareness Month afghan.
The mom-and-daughter blood donor connection began when Caitlyn started donating at Wayne High School, where she graduated in 2013. She’s now in the nursing program at Sinclair Community College and working in the lab at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
She entered the drawing for the pink Breast Cancer Awareness afghan when she made her 15th lifetime donation on Oct. 7. Winning it had special significance because her aunt Angie, her mother’s sister, is a breast cancer survivor.
“I saw it and I said, ‘I want that!’” said Caitlyn. “It’s pink, it’s about breast cancer, and I want it.”
Jenny now has 46 lifetime donations, so Caitlyn is still following in her footsteps. But when it comes to appreciating Fran’s talent for hand-crafting afghan blankets, and feeling lucky, they are on equal ground.
Jenny and Caitlyn donated together on Oct. 7, and both entered the drawing for the pink afghan. But it was Caitlyn’s turn to win.
“It’s always her that wins,” said Caitlyn, “but I got lucky today!”