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Published on January 22, 2021

10 Questions with Jonathan DeCoste

10 Questions with Jonathan DeCoste

He’s out for blood... donations

Jonathan DeCoste is the Senior Blood Donor Recruiter for CCHC. Because of limited blood drives during COVID-19, there is a need for blood and platelet donations. There is a blood drive at FH on Jan. 27, but appointments can be made directly with Jonathan at jdecoste@capecodhealth.org.

1. If you could have another career, what would it be?

As a kid, my dream job was to be astronaut. It just seemed like the coolest thing in the world. Back in the day, space shuttle was prominent. The dream still holds true to this day. If I had the money, I’d be the first in line to get into Elon Musk’s spaceship.

But today, I’m totally committed to what I do.

My son was born with an undiagnosed heart defect, Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return, TAPVR. He had open heart surgery at five days old. He spent his first 83 days in the hospital, the first 78 in the ICU and he had numerous blood products over the course of his surgery and subsequent recovery. That’s why my job is so important to me. It’s so close to home and I understand how incredibly important blood and platelet donations are.

2. What’s the next thing on your to-do list?

<Says immediately in one breath> I’m going to send out an email about the Blood Drive at Falmouth Hospital, next Wednesday, January 27 from 10-4. <laughs>

And that’s the truth, too. This will be published before then, right???

3. What do you keep an emergency supply of?

The only thing I buy almost daily is a gallon of milk. With two growing boys (age 12 and 13) and myself, that’s the drink of choice in my house. Anytime we stop at a store, anytime I go to a 7-11, it’s a gallon of milk.

4. What are you putting off at the moment?

I was going to start an exercise regimen again. I’m starting the process of putting together a home gym in the basement. I just put a flat bench with weights there. It’s all set up and ready to go.

5. Favorite movie?

Two that always come to mind: The Fighting Sullivans and also the movie Shane. The Fighting Sullivans came out in the ‘40s. It’s based on a true story about five brothers who all enlisted in the service and were all on the same ship. They all perished when it sank. It’s a greatest generation story and a look at how things were back in the day.

Shane is a great story about an unsung hero who rides into town and rights the wrongs. You always wonder what happens to him at the end. He rides off on his horse and you never know what happens to him. It’s an age-old mystery.

6. Favorite saying?

Usually, I’ll tell my boys, “Attitude makes the difference.” It’s the one thing you can control during the day. A lot of things will happen to you during your day; it’s how you react to them that matters.

7. What the strangest thing you have in your car trunk?

I’m always afraid I’m going to get pulled over the police. <laughs> I have tape, heavy duty chains and padlocks in my trunk. I use them to put up the blood drive signs and sandwich boards. I have them in a clear plastic Tupperware.

The intent is to keep our sandwich boards in place in front of the businesses and organizations where we hold the drive. I always have the feeling that I have to explain it to people, though. To the average person, if they see me pop the trunk, they might have a few questions.

8. What’s your favorite time of day?

I’m a morning person. I don’t really need anything to get me going. The alarm goes off and I’m just *BAM* – I’m going.

9. Name something you can’t do?

As much as I try, my wife tells me that I cannot sing. And I’ve got no rhythm. I’m the guy clapping on the off-rhythm. I’m always a beat behind. When we go to a school event, I’m the lone clap you hear in the back of the room.

10. What’s your hidden passion?

I would like to get into art of some sort. You might laugh, but I’ve been watching The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. I keep saying, “I think I can do that.” And someday I’ll do it.

I also love those street performers you see on Facebook who do those spray paint space scenes. They just spray all kinds of colors and it just comes out looking like an amazing painting. My goal is to someday set up my garage to do that. Whether or not the art would come out that way is another story.
I’m 100% there except in that I haven’t tried it yet. <laughs>

You can donate at the Nicholas G. Xiarhos Blood Donor Center at CCH. The donor center is open Monday through Friday for donations by appointment. Appointments for the donor center can be made by calling 508-862-5663. For a list of upcoming community blood drives please visit www.capecodhealth.org/give-blood

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