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Waxahachie’s Kirk Hunter named to National Blood Donation Hall of Fame

Texan is 1 of 12 recognized nationwide for advocacy on behalf of transfusion patients

BEDFORD, TEXAS (Nov. 9, 2023) – Waxahachie resident Kirk Hunter is a new inductee into Fresenius Kabi’s 2023 National Blood Donation Hall of Fame.

He was honored Thursday, Nov. 9, at an induction ceremony and trophy presentation at Carter BloodCare’s North Texas headquarters in Bedford.

Fresenius Kabi accepts Hall of Fame nominations from blood centers across the United States each year, recognizing the stories of those who are passionate about and committed to blood donation. This marks the 25th year of the program.

Carter BloodCare nominated Hunter in recognition of his outstanding dedication in raising awareness and inspiring Texans to save lives by donating blood.

Pictured L to R is Deanne Wagner, Senior Account Executive with Fresenius Kabi; Kirk and his wife, Maureen; and Veronica Moore, Vice President of Marketing and Operations Support with Carter BloodCare.

National honor for donation advocacy and outreach

Hunter received numerous blood and platelet transfusions while battling an aggressive form of lymphoma. Throughout 2023, he advocated for blood donation by sharing his story in person and via video with thousands of people, motivating more Texans to become donors. 

He is among 12 inductees, chosen from more than 200 nominations nationwide.

Inductees and their stories are featured in a commemorative calendar used by blood centers. To read about the 2023 inductees, visit www.BloodDonorHOF.com.

Texas-based Carter BloodCare noted 25% of the community blood supply helps people receiving cancer treatments. Cancer surgery can require red blood cells and platelets to replenish blood loss and support clotting. Also, chemotherapy can lead to low blood-cell counts.

Donors help local patients

Carter BloodCare currently needs all blood types, with O negative and platelets often at critical levels.

As the universal blood type, O negative can treat any patient, including premature and unborn babies.

Platelets are vital to slow or prevent bleeding and infections.

To find a Carter BloodCare location and set time to donate, visit CarterBloodCare.org or call 800-366-2834.

About Fresenius Kabi

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 help care for critically and chronically ill patients. Its U.S. headquarters is in Lake Zurich, Illinois, with global headquarters in Bad Homburg, Germany. To learn about U.S. career opportunities at Fresenius Kabi, visit www.fresenius-kabi.com/us/join-us.

About Carter BloodCare

Carter BloodCare is an independent, community blood center providing transfusion resources to more than 200 medical facilities in 50-plus counties of North, Central and East Texas. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization is one of the largest blood programs in Texas, delivering more than 440,000 blood products annually to meet hospitals’ requirements for their patients. Services include collection, processing, specialized laboratory testing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products.

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