GREENVILLE – Greenville donor Ivan Patterson could think of no better way of closing out his milestone 90th year of life than with a milestone gift of life. Patterson made his 500th lifetime blood donation at the Greenville Ministerial Association blood drive Jan. 9 at the Greenville Church of the Brethren.
Patterson is a pioneer platelet and plasma donor with Community Blood Center and a member of the original LifeLeaders apheresis team. He declared two years ago, “My goal is to get to 500 during the year that I turn 90!” and he kept his promise.
He first donated in 1945 at age 18 and his 500th donation comes less than a month before his 91st birthday celebration on Feb. 7. He drew closer to his goal by making 21 platelet and plasma donations in 2017. His milestone came on his first donation of 2018.
“I didn’t worry about it,” Patterson said about accomplishing his goal. “The last five years I’ve been more consistent about doing it. I first gave platelets in 1976. That was when they took blood from one arm and put it back in the other.”
Two years ago Patterson pulled out his oldest CBC t-shirt to wear to “T-Shirt Day” at the Great Darke County Fair. It reads, “I Got This T-Shirt Because I’m an Apheresis LifeLeader – First Apheresis LifeLeader Event, June 28, 1992.”
Patterson was born in Trotwood. He co-founded Korrect Plumbing, Heating & Air in 1950 at the age of 23 and married his wife Clara a month later. They raised six children, and now have 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren with two more due this spring.
Ivan and Clara have lived at Chestnut Village at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville since 1998. The family opened the Korrect Foundation in 2014 to honor Patterson’s 65 years in business and encourage employees to request grants for charitable causes.
He is proud to have served on more than a dozen charitable boards, many with the Oakland and Bear Creek congregations of the Church of the Brethren.
He’s now Darke County’s oldest active blood donor, a testimony to his longevity. Both his father and uncle died of heart disease before the age of 60.
“You always have to have a goal,” Ivan replied. “My next goal is to reach 600 donations by age 95.”
Learn more at www.GivingBlood.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Ivan Patterson is shown with the staff of the Community Blood Center at his 500th donation.