Donation Hall of Fame

The Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame recognizes individuals nationwide who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to blood donation. Blood centers across the country submit nominations from which 12 inductees are chosen annually based on their demonstrated commitment and passion to donating blood and/or encouraging blood donation.

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Anyone can submit a nomination and there is no limit to the number of nominations per blood center or individual. However, a person may only be inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame once. When inducted into the Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame, there are several ways an individual is recognized: At a ceremony held at their nominating blood center, they will be featured in the Fresenius Kabi Product and Donor Eligibility Dating Calendar and on this website.

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Donation Hall of Fame Inductees 

2020 Inductees

Marsha Asplin    

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Houston, TX                                                


For 37 years, at least twice a month, Marsha has donated split platelets. She’s accumulated 1,375 lifetime donations — more than 170 gallons. But that’s just a small part of her contribution.

When Marsha’s not donating, she is spreading the word about blood donation as a Commit for Life volunteer. Since 2004, she’s volunteered more than 13,000 hours. Her passion and excitement make her a frequently requested team member at drives, and her leadership and teaching skills make her an especially effective recruiter of new volunteers and donors.

Everyone she speaks to comes away with a deep sense of the importance of blood donation and their vital role in the mission — and few can escape her charm. Once, at a drive, a donor said she was retiring and wasn’t sure what she would do with her free time. Marsha suggested volunteering, and now the two ladies can be found encouraging others to join the cause — together!

Andrew Azan    

American Red Cross                   
Northeast Region of Pennsylvania
Ashley, PA


Andrew is a dedicated, long-time blood donor, but his commitment to the cause led him to building a broad and growing family of regular sponsors, donors, and volunteers in his Pennsylvania community. Seeing a need for more local events, Andrew started monthly blood drives in Northampton County across multiple locations — country clubs, community centers, and YMCAs. Andrew promotes, attends, donates and volunteers at every one of them. But he doesn’t stop there.

To celebrate everyone’s participation and energize them to continue giving — and spread the word to their families and friends — Andrew created an annual recognition program for his sponsors and his donors, held at one of his sponsor sites.

Recently, Andrew has set his sights on engaging the next generation of donors. Active in the Boy Scouts, he’s mentored an Eagle Scout and helped him start his own successful blood drives at a local fire house. Andrew proves to us all just how expansive one person’s impact can be.

Steven Davidson

LifeStream Blood Bank
San Bernardino, CA


Steven’s battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia began when he was diagnosed on his 10th birthday. To pass the time while in the hospital, he and his mom created an Instagram page called Steven The Cancer Crusher to bring awareness and love to those affected by cancer. His social media following quickly grew to more than 4,500 followers offering encouragement and support.

In his hometown, Steven has become a well-known superhero and role model, creating awareness campaigns and hosting blood drives with collaborations from the local bike and lowrider community. His magnetic charm and optimism shines through even as he continues his personal battle.

His dream is to keep helping people, to keep people’s hopes high, and to give people strength and inspiration. When Steven grows up, he hopes to become a doctor or scientist and help find a cure for cancer. With his warrior’s mindset, nothing is impossible. “I may be just a kid,” Steven says, “but I’ve inspired thousands to fight with me as a family."

Wendy Ellis    

American Red Cross                                
Portland Donation Center
Portland, OR


When the Red Cross started its blood services program during World War II, Wendy’s parents signed up. Her two brothers served during the Vietnam War and became blood donors. Wendy continued the family tradition, when, as a student at Portland State College, a professor had an accident and there was a request for blood donations.

With a rare blood type, Wendy became an often-called-on donor, and gave whole blood for many years, racking up 171 donations. In 1979, when platelet donating first started, she switched over. “I could donate every two weeks!” she says. At 75, she is nearing her 500th platelet donation — continuing even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What keeps her coming back? After college, Wendy worked for a bank in the international department. “It gave me an appreciation of the interconnectedness of our world,” she says. And donating, to her, “is a way to take that extra step for your friends or neighbors or fellow citizens. It saves lives, literally! I am still in awe of that fact.

Sunnie Fenk

Vitalant at Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA


Sonja — “Sunnie” to her friends — started donating platelets three years ago when two close friends were diagnosed with leukemia. She was looking for a way to help. “Because of the nature of their illness,” she says, “I couldn’t do much more than send cards. When I found out about platelet donation and how they’re used for cancer patients, it was perfect. I decided I would donate regularly.”

Now she visits the center to donate every two to three weeks. She’s a cheerleader for the cause, convincing friends to donate with her as part of a lunch date or urging others, through social media, to consider giving platelets.

When Sunnie heard about her center’s idea for “platelet parties,” she jumped at the chance to be the first hostess. “I think it’s a fantastic idea. Since I started posting about the parties, I found that most people don’t know why platelets are needed, but everyone knows someone who’s had cancer. I explain to them that this is your way to honor them, by helping other cancer patients who are fighting for their lives.”

Elaine and Mark Fredricks    

American Red Cross                             
Salem Donation Center
Salem, OR


With beaming smiles, Elaine and Mark arrive at the center to donate platelets every two weeks, like clockwork. Elaine, a Certified Nursing Assistant who helps homebound patients in the community, says she’s simply paying forward the gift of 26 units she received in 2004 during her recovery from emergency surgery. Mark says he’s just doing his bit to help others.

Together, Mark and Elaine have donated more than 500 times. And with each visit, the couple brings their energy and kind words. On special occasions, like donor-appreciation events, they’ve even arrived with crocheted stuffed animals, the products of Elaine’s crafting talent.

Mark and Elaine lift the spirits of staff, volunteers, and donors alike. They are heroes not just for their generous platelet donations, but for showing us all how to live more joyful lives.

John Jenkins    

Lake Park, FL


John started donating years ago after seeing a commercial on television about the need for blood. It’s not surprising, given his commitment to helping others. He volunteers at Florida’s Roosevelt Elementary School tutoring 2nd and 3rd graders and reading to 1st grade students. He works with his fraternity — Omega Psi Phi — to secure scholarships for graduating seniors and on a variety of social action projects. And he assists with community outreach programs at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

When John first gave blood, he was surprised to find it so easy and painless, and it soon became one of his passions. He has donated more than 550 times, and through his role as an administrator at the local community college, John champions a mobile blood drive program. But it wasn’t until his daughter needed a transfusion in 2019 that the importance of what he was doing really hit home. To know that blood was available for her made him realize that all blood donors are heroes.

Kris Kavelaris                  

Milwaukee, WI


The accident in 1998 changed the course of his life. Kris ended up in the hospital for three months where he had four surgeries, received blood transfusions, and had to learn to walk again. The doctors and nurses – and blood donors – had saved his life.

When Kris was released, he felt he had to make a difference, and he started donating blood as a way to give back. With a rare, O-negative blood type — found in just 7 percent of the U.S. population — he’s a highly desired “universal donor” whose blood products are critical for trauma cases and emergency rooms.

Kris is a loyal blood donor, and although at retirement age, he isn’t done finding ways to help people in need. He has enrolled in Milwaukee Area Technical College’s nursing program and is passionate about spreading the message of donation. “It feels so satisfying. Ask yourself — if not me and you, then who? If not today, then when?"

Joe McDonald

San Diego Blood Bank
San Diego, CA


Joe embodies the values of a Marine – honor, courage and commitment. He’s a Vietnam veteran, a husband, father, and grandfather, and at times, even Santa Claus.

Joe joined the Marines when he was 18. In 1963, aboard the USS Springfield, he donated blood for the first time for a fellow Corps member. Since then, Joe has traveled the world, visiting 50 countries and he’s been present for historic events. Joe shook hands with John F. Kennedy two days before he was elected president. Joe was in Washington DC where he witnessed Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

Through it all, Joe has made it a priority to support those in need, donating blood for patients and bringing joy to children and adults alike by playing Santa. It’s another tradition he developed in the Marines, when he delivered toys to an orphanage in Vietnam.

Joe plans to reach his lifetime goal of 100 gallons within a year — and, true to the Marine tradition, is letting nothing stand in his way."

Michael Otterman

Blood Assurance
Chattanooga, TN                             


Mike’s connection to blood donation is deeply personal. His daughter, Simone, was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia as an infant and passed away shortly before her 2nd birthday. “During her time in treatment, she used bags of blood and platelets and I remember being so thankful of those nameless people who donated for her. Since the loss of my little girl, I’ve been giving platelets every month. Not only does it allow me time to reconnect and remember Simone, but I know the value of my blood products to other people who desperately need help.”

As CEO and President of Lodge Cast Iron, an organization with deep roots in Tennessee, Mike is also a believer in the positive impact that doing good can have on employees and communities, bringing people together, especially in times of crisis. So he’s championed blood drives at the company for years, collecting 784 units since 2009. And as COVID-19 began to pose challenges for the blood supply, Mike lent his voice to a campaign encouraging other local businesses to safely re-open their doors for donation events or join the cause for the first time.

Warren Pitcher                                        

LifeServe Blood Center
Des Moines, IA    


Warren grew up seeing his father donate blood regularly, and today he carries on the family tradition. With O+ blood, he steps up with whatever is most needed — platelets, plasma, double red cells, or whole blood — 16 gallons worth over 100 donations.

But Warren’s influence reaches well beyond the blood he donates. He has been the primary chairperson for his church’s blood drive for more than 25 years. During his tenure, Warren has touched the lives of thousands of hospital patients. He’s also one of the community’s longest-tenured and most dependable volunteer drivers — the perfect fit for someone who taught drivers education for almost 20 years. Warren has spent more than 4,000 hours transporting blood products to hospitals for transfusions, or to laboratories for processing.

When asked what keeps him going after all these years, Warren’s answer is clear: “I enjoy the people and giving back. And I know the only way patients can receive blood is through donations."

Rush Roberts

St. Petersburg, FL


Rush has been a Hillsborough County firefighter and paramedic for almost 14 years. On the job as a first responder, he contracted COVID-19 during an emergency call.

Rush had planned to compete in an Ironman race. Instead he ended up fighting for his life. After 21 days of quarantine and emergency room visits, he finally received a negative test indicating he had won the battle. And true to his profession, his second question — after first asking when he could visit with his family again — was, “When and where can I donate convalescent plasma?"

Not surprisingly, Rush became the first donor at his center to come back and donate his second round of convalescent plasma — and to schedule his third. Despite the difficulties he’s been through, he considers himself luckier than most and wants nothing more than to help others overcome this disease.

2019 Inductees

Adair E. Andrew

American Red Cross
Asheville, North Carolina

Hitting new milestones of caring 

Adair E. Andrew, a retired high school teacher from St. Louis, Missouri, is proof that when you put your mind to something, you can do it.

Adair sets impressive goals for every activity he takes on—hiking, biking, walking, even reading. At 44, he decided to walk 44 miles to celebrate his birthday, and he did the same thing, adding a mile each year, for a decade. When he turned 55, he changed things up, joining his brother on a 965-mile cycling trip.  

Since he and his wife, Marti, moved to Asheville, North Carolina, Adair has put this same dedication towards donating platelets. He is frequently found in the donor chair, keeping up with his reading—and hitting new milestones, Adair was most recently recognized for having donated more than 700 times. 

But he hasn’t stopped there. Taking his optimism on the road, Adair became a volunteer driver. When his center needed someone to be interviewed by the local news station to get others excited about donation, he was the first to step up. With every new challenge, Adair reminds us all just how much we can do to help those in need in our communities.

Dexter Emoto, RN

LifeStream Blood Bank
San Bernardino, California

A nurse who goes the distance

Dexter Emoto is a blood donation marathon man – a long-distance runner and registered nurse who knows that anything worthwhile takes effort, enthusiasm, and endurance.

Dexter specializes in post-anesthesia care and recovery at Loma Linda University Health, where he sees first-hand the need for blood. It’s his job to give patients transfusions.  While many days are routine, he’s also called to serve during crises like the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, which left 14 people dead and 22 seriously injured.

His patients remember his expertise, wit, and compassion. What they don’t know is that he is also a dedicated donor. For more than 40 years, Dexter has regularly donated blood and plans to continue, he says, for “as long as I am healthy and fit to do so.”

In 2018, Dexter began organizing and recruiting for blood drives on the Loma Linda campus.  The drives are now a fixture of his center’s calendar. 

Whether it’s the patients he’s helped or the donors he’s inspired to carry on his legacy of service, Dexter Emoto’s influence will be felt for many years to come. 

Theodore Hale 

Community Blood Center
Dayton, Ohio

Never giving up on a chance to save lives

Theodore Hale is 19 years old—a college sophomore—and he’s already banked 30 donations towards his lifetime goal of 1,000.

Whether it’s donating a gallon of blood, cycling 100 miles—or, as he did for 10 years, compete in the Ohio Special Olympics—Theo sets the bar high and says that success is about never giving up. “If you don’t persevere you won’t get anywhere,” he says. “Life is full of failures. You take them and learn from them.”

Theo was inspired to donate platelets by his mentor Glenn Stoops, a longtime donor. The two biked to the blood center to donate the day before Theo graduated from Fairmont High School. They were celebrating his many honors—summa cum laude and National Honor Society; the faculty award for academics, leadership and service; and being voted “Mr. Fairmont” by his classmates.

Getting to that first donation, though, wasn’t easy. Theo wanted to donate as soon as he turned 16, but he was turned away. “I kept getting deferred. Weight, blood pressure, I think it was 10 times,” he says.  But, just like with schoolwork, Theo never gave up on his chance to save lives. 

Peter R. Hall    

American Red Cross
Josephson Blood Donor Center
Mobile, Alabama

A generous soul and a bright spirit 

Peter Hall has spent much of his life supporting his community and church. He’s a retired teacher who worked in public schools for 30 years, first in Dayton, Ohio, and then in Mobile, Alabama.  Peter is a 17-year parishioner of St. Pius X Catholic Church and a member of its St. Vincent DePaul society, which provides food services to those in need.  He’s also a member of the Knights of Columbus, another faith-based service organization. Peter also volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House and serves meals to their clients.

Since 1986, Peter has also donated blood. For more than three decades, he was always ready to give a pint in the hope it would help someone regain their health. So, three years ago, when asked if he would like to try making a platelet donation, he was more than happy to spend the extra time providing this lifesaving gift. Since then, he’s become a dedicated platelet donor, and has given more than 233 units. For those who know him well, it’s no surprise.  Peter is a generous soul and bright spirit who can always be counted on in times of need.  

Sarah Hansgate, Jillian Truesdale, and Dawn Wolf

Williamsville, New York 

Giving blood gave them friendship 

Every other Saturday morning they arrive at the center at the same time.  Three ladies who have bonded over their shared commitment to saving lives through donation. 

Sarah Hansgate, Jillian Truesdale, and Dawn Wolf had each been donating platelets for several years. Though they’re all about the same age, live in the area, and in some way or another crossed path’s before, it was in the hours they were seated next to each other that their commonalities blossomed into deep friendship. 

Today these donor buddies can be found lined up in a row, laughing the time away as they share the latest stories of their daily lives—and the gift of their platelets. More often than not, the lively conversation continues well after their donations are completed, either at the center’s refreshment area or out at a local restaurant. 

Sarah, Jillian, and Dawn represent what giving back is all about. Together, this trio are not just contributing to their community, they’re helping create it. They’re a true band of heroes. 

Sister Damien Hinderer 

Hoxworth Blood Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

A calling to care 

Most donors have a personal reason for giving. From the beginning, Sister Damien Hinderer's has been centered in her faith. “I pray for all the people I donate for, even though I don't know who they are,” she says.  “Some place along the line, they need prayers. You care for them even though you don't know them. You know that you're helping them in some small way, maybe some large way.”

Sister Damien has been donating twice a month for close to 60 years. In 1960, she made her first donation to help a sister who had a bleeding ulcer. “They asked those of us who were novices here if we wanted to go over and I said, ‘Yeah, I will.’ That was my first donation, and I've been giving ever since.”  

She donates triple platelets every visit, which equates to 72 lifesaving units of platelets a year. Just recently, Sister Damien was recognized for reaching the 80-gallon donation mark. When asked about her milestone donation, she smiled and said, “This vein belongs to Hoxworth,” but it really belongs to all those who have benefited from her calling to care.

James R. Kuhlmann 

The Donor Center at Roswell Park
Buffalo, New York

Setting a world record

For James (Jim) R. Kuhlmann, it began in 1970, when his dad was unable to keep his donation appointment. Jim went in his place and that began a nearly 50-year streak of donating platelets. “Donating was easy and I felt so good knowing I was helping someone right in my community,” he says.

Several years ago, Jim contacted the Guinness World Records to see if he might qualify for a world record. It took some time, but he did. For his total donations on record through April 2017, Jim qualified and is the current record holder in the category of most donated blood-apheresis (platelets).

“Being the world record holder is exciting, but what’s really important is knowing I’m able to help patients in need,” he says.

Today, Jim continues to donate every two weeks—either in Buffalo, New York, or between golf games in Florida, where he lives during the winter. He’s an easy-going, funny, intelligent, and determined man, who regularly encourages others to donate. 

“We all make time for what’s important to us,” Jim says, “but do we make time for what’s important to others? Nothing is more important than helping someone fight for their life.” 

Dawn Marisch

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Life-changing perspective   

 On what began as a typical summer day on June 1, 2011, Dawn Marisch found herself in an extraordinary—and life-threatening—situation. Dawn was the principal at an elementary school and her students were rehearsing for “concert day” when Dawn suddenly suffered an aneurysm. She was treated by first responders and rushed to the hospital where she had four surgeries and received a remarkable 90 units of blood, platelets and plasma over the following four days.

“It wouldn’t have mattered how great the physicians were if we didn’t have the blood that I needed,” she says.  “It was very humbling to realize how many people—how many everyday heroes—it took to save my life.”

Now a blood donor herself, Dawn is grateful for her chance to save others. As an O-negative donor—the universal blood type used in emergencies like the one she experienced—Dawn understands the impact of just one donation, not just for patients, but for their families as well. To anyone considering donation, she says “it truly is a     life-saving gift.” 

Steve Pringle

LifeServe Blood Center
Des Moines, Iowa

A sense of duty 

After 23 years in the Army, and 30 years working for city of Clive, Iowa, Steve Pringle decided to retire. Retirement didn’t mean relaxation, though. Steve found a new way to serve—as a blood donor and center volunteer.  

Steve first became involved with the volunteer blood donor program during his military career. He knew first-hand the importance of blood donation from his tours in Vietnam.  He happily donates whatever blood component is needed most on any given day -- whole blood, double red cells, platelets, or plasma.  He’s donated more than 63 gallons, according to LifeServe in Des Moines.

He’s also logged 4,000 volunteer hours at the center, more than anyone else in the organization during his tenure, touching almost every department with his generosity. Steve is best known for his work as a driver, transporting blood to hospitals for transfusion or to the lab for processing and delivering supplies to our various locations—always at the least desirable times and over the longest distances. 

What drives Steve to serve others with such selflessness, day in and day out? His answer is simple: “I enjoy the people, so it doesn’t feel like work at all.”

Jamie Stembridge

OneBlood – Tampa Kennedy
Tampa, Florida

Inspiring a community 

Jamie Stembridge doesn’t do anything halfway. Whether it’s making the most of the outdoors—camping, fishing, or four-wheeling—spending quality time with friends, family and her two pups, or advocating for those in need.

Jamie was a committee member of the non-profit Hooked on Hope, which helps breast cancer patients with financial issues during treatment, when she heard about Natalie, a local patient in need of platelets. She joined Natalie’s cause, stepping up to become a directed donor. 

When she learned that Natalie would need more than Jamie could give, she turned to social media. Jamie’s plea went viral, and the center quickly had more than 70 directed donations. Many were from people who, like Jamie, had never donated before. 

With all their generosity, and a successful bone marrow transplant, Natalie was soon able to make her own platelets. And the enthusiasm Jamie inspired has continued—the donors she brought in for Natalie still support the center today. Jamie didn’t just help increase donations; she helped build a stronger community. 

Marqus and Ashley Valentine

Sick Cells 

Elevating the voices of sickle cell

Diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at 6 months old, Marqus Valentine spent countless weeks of his childhood in the hospital.  He has endured strokes, acute chest syndrome, sepsis, and chronic pain.  He had to repeat grades, because he missed so much school.

Doctors said Marqus might not live past 10 years of age.  Today he is 36, thanks to blood donations and the assistance of friends and family.  He was also named a Blood Services Hero by the American Red Cross Chicago Region.

Marqus’s younger sister, Ashley, who spent her early years in hospital playrooms while Marqus recovered, saw first-hand how few resources were available to people with sickle cell. Ashley now holds a master’s degree in Research Methods, and advocates for improved health care coverage and treatment for sickle cell patients.  
Marqus and Ashley have created a not-for-profit organization called Sick Cells, which “seeks to elevate the voices of the sickle cell disease community and their stories of resilience.” Using the power of film and storytelling, Sick Cells highlights the disparities around sickle cell through personal experiences.  As a result, Marqus and his supporters are influencing decision-makers and making a difference for families.

Scott Zechiel

City of Hope Donor Center
Duarte, California


Walking alongside those who save lives

​​​​​​When Scott Zechiel was 16 he was raced to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. During the procedure he lost so much blood, he needed six transfusions.

Scott is now a 54-year-old software engineer and a passionate blood donor. For the past 14 years he’s been thanking those who helped him by giving back. Commuting from Orange County to Duarte every two weeks, Scott has made 332 donations so far and is looking forward to his 350-donations milestone. And he’s gone one step further, registering with the “Be the Match” registry for potential bone marrow donors.

He tells everybody that he lives for his donation days, “because I just enjoy them so much.” That joy shines through—Scott’s positive attitude, dedication, smile, and enthusiasm bring something special to the center every time he’s there. As a thank you he was invited on his center’s Rose Parade float. Scott was characteristically humbled by the experience, saying, “It was just the ultimate, to be alongside all these wonderful people—doctors, nurses, and such—who work to save lives every day.”