As soon as Bob Kimble enters the building, he is greeted by smiles and hugs by the Houchin Staff. With 263 platelet donations and counting, Bob has become a familiar face at our donor centers. Bob first started donating blood when he was 28, while working as an intern for a local piping union. As a part of the internship, interns were required to go to school three times a week, but if they donated with Houchin they would be able to miss a day of school. From then on, Bob missed class every 8 weeks to donate.
Donating became a habit for Bob and it was during a regular visit to G street that he spotted Dan Kimm donating platelets. Bob learned from Dan the importance of donating platelets and quickly made the switch. It wasn’t until a friend’s son was diagnosed with lukemia that he realized the impact of his donation. Before the current trima machines, donors would have to sit in the chair for long hours with both arms hooked up to donate platelets. To Bob, the occasional discomfort and longer procedures were a cakewalk in comparison to what our local patients experienced.
Bob’s passion for donating has moved to the next generation of his family. Of his three lovely children, his son, Jason Kimble, followed in his father’s foot steps and became a trima donor in just this last year. Bob encourages others to donate and new donors to give trima donation a try. Although Bob loves the feeling of knowing he is helping our local patients, he says that the best part of the donation process is the staff, like Lori Fernandez Lopez and Erika Rios. At 70 years old, Bob hopes to continue donating for as long as possible and looks forward to visiting his second family every two weeks.
.In his free time, Bob enjoys spending time with his granddaughter and wife, working with his hands, fishing, and staying busy.