ADA—East Central Oklahoma Blood Institute blood donor and local teacher Loretta Feiler was recently inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame, sponsored by Fenwal, Inc. The Donation Hall of Fame, now entering its tenth year, recognizes individuals nationwide who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to blood donation.

ECOBI teamed up with Fenwal to induct Feiler into the Donation Hall of Fame.

Feiler was honored for her many contributions to aid people in need of blood transfusions. 

“It is a fitting tribute to one of our most dedicated donors,” said Susan Scroggins, ECOBI Director.  “Loretta Feiler has selflessly given the gift of life to patients in need and has taught hundreds and hundreds of others to be heroes in our community.”

Feiler has been a donor at ECOBI since January 31, 1997.  She is one of 13 inspiring donation stories across the country selected for the Fenwal 2007 Donation Hall of Fame. Feiler teaches sixth grade at Willard School in Ada. In her class, students are introduced to one of the most valuable lessons they will ever learn in life – the importance of commitment to community and the impact they personally can have on the lives of others.

Years ago, Feiler approached ECOBI to join her in teaching sixth grade students about giving the gift of life. While ECOBI representatives talk about blood donation, the school’s 150-plus sixth graders see a real-life example of the process as either Feiler or some other volunteer donates blood before the class.

Feiler has also organized a very successful blood drive at her school and some of her past sixth grade students have now become donors at Ada High School drives. This year, she conducted a fund-raising campaign at her school to raise funds for the new ECOBI Blood Center building which opened in April. In just one week, the sixth grade classes, collectively, raised an $1,466 for ECOBI.

Blood centers across the country submitted nominations for this year’s Donation Hall of Fame.  Winners were chosen based on their demonstrated commitment and passion to donating blood and/or encouraging blood donation.  Each winner receives a personalized award from Fenwal and will be featured in the company’s newsmagazine, Continuous Flow, as well as its 2008 product-dating calendar that the company provides to U.S. blood centers. 

“Each and every donor inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame is an amazing individual, and we are honored to be able to recognize Loretta Feiler with this award,” said Ron Labrum, Fenwal president and CEO.  “The gift of blood is a gift of life and we hope these donors’ stories will inspire others to support their communities through blood donation.” 

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