Long-time San Diego Blood Bank donor Joe McDonald has been inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame, sponsored by Fresenius Kabi. The Donation Hall of Fame recognizes individuals nationwide who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to blood donation. A brief induction ceremony was held at San Diego Blood Bank headquarters where Joe received a personalized award and was honored for his many contributions to people in need of blood transfusions.
Joe has donated 99 gallons of blood with the San Diego Blood Bank to date. Joe, a Marine Corps veteran, chose November 10th to receive his honor because it's this time every year that our Nation, our Corps and our Marines pay tribute to all that the Marine Corps Birthday symbolizes. Joe is one of 12 inspiring donation stories across the country selected for the Fresenius Kabi 2020 Donation Hall of Fame. We are so happy to congratulate Joe on this amazing honor and accomplishment. Click here to view a short 2 minute video of the ceremony and Joe's acceptance speech on our Facebook Page.
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.
San Diego Blood Bank
San Diego, CA
HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT
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.
Fresenius Kabi (www.fresenius-kabi.com/us) is a global health care company that specializes in medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition. The company’s products and services are used to help care for critically and chronically ill patients.