June Donor of the Month

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 Continue reading →

April Donor of the Month

Since only 4% of the population has AB blood, and AB patients can take any blood type safely, hospitals seldom call for AB red cells.  While AB donors are discouraged from donating whole blood,  AB plasma and platelets are universally accepted by all blood types. One donor who has gotten that message is Jessica Dickson. Jessica has been donating for as long as she can remember. She was first recruited as a blood donor, but after reaching her one gallon milestone, she learned that patients rarely Continue reading →

March Donor of the Month

Stallion Springs is a close-knit community where everyone cares about each other. So it’s no surprise that their blood drives average 30 or more donors. The success of the blood drives is due to the unquestionably hard work of the Stallion Springs CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). They have helped organized the Stallion Springs community blood drives since 2012. The CERT program is designed to alleviate some of the pressure on first responders during a major disaster such as fire, flood or even a major spill Continue reading →

February Donor of the Month

Blood donation has been truly life changing for JR Nielsen. JR started donating in the late 1980’s when he was working at the Bakersfield Californian and his supervisor encouraged him to donate. After learning he was A-, JR became a dedicated donor and a regular face at blood drives and donor centers. On one of his visits, JR asked if Houchin was hiring, and was excited to learn there was a registrar position open. He told his wife about it, and Allyson Nielsen was hired Continue reading →

Donor of the Month

On Friday December 18, 2015 at 92 years old, Jack Hood achieved two large milestones: 22 gallons and 200 platelet donations. For Jack, this was just another day of saving lives. Helping others has always been in his nature. While serving in the Navy as a first-class radioman in his early 20s, Jack had his first opportunity to donate blood. He was not ordered or asked, Jack just jumped at the chance to help others, because in his heart he knew it was the right thing to do. At Continue reading →

Featured December Donor of the Month

On August 4th 2006, Dominique Camou became a first-time father to a beautiful baby boy, Cristian Angel Camou. A month later, with a heavy heart, Dominque found himself on the third floor in Bakersfield Memorial Hospital; Cristian had been diagnosed with Sepsis. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released in the bloodstream to fight infection trigger inflammation throughout the body, and if not treated properly could be fatal. Dominique was overcome with a feeling of helplessness as his baby boy fought for life. Eight days later,with the help Continue reading →

Featured August Donor of the Month

Blood products are a lifeline for many people needing long-term treatments and in emergencies. Hubert Rabanal can relate to this statement. Blood products helped his son, Zachary, beat cancer. That day would not have been possible without the aid of selfless donors according to Hubert. Hubert and his family moved from Hawaii to Delano in the 1960s.  He met his wife, Janet, in Delano, and they raised their son, Zachary, and ,daughter Taylor there. Twenty years ago, Hubert and Janet received the news no parents Continue reading →

December Donors: The Kimm Family

Many, many of our blood donors remember the late George Kimm, our long-time Tuesday morning canteen volunteer at the Truxtun Donor Center.  Lots of donors came in on Tuesdays just to chat with George and be greeted by his smile. He was also our leading blood donor for years. Donors still ask about his family, so we are featuring his children as our December blood donors. His three sons Gregory, Gardner and Glenn, and daughter GeAnn, came in together the day after Thanksgiving to donate and Continue reading →

September Donor-Sky Plotner

Many 15 year old’s think about getting their driver’s license when they turn 16, but Sky Plotner was thinking about saving a life. She began to talk blood donation over with her mother. “I told my mother what it was, what the qualifications were, and that I needed her permission.” On her 16th birthday she began to donate blood at Liberty High School. Sky is a member of our Gallon Grad Club.The letter of recommendation that students get when they reach the gallon mark can be used for Continue reading →

Donor of the Month – Kevin Brewster

Trima donor Kevin Brewster had an opportunity not many donors get: the chance to meet someone who’s life he has saved.  It was actually his bone marrow that was a match for 7-year-old Dominic Mott of Sacramento, California who was suffering from leukemia in the summer of 2008. They were able to meet in January 2011 as detailed in this news story.  Dominic is doing well, and Kevin says they still keep in touch. Their case is the source of ongoing study as to why their marrow match was so successful. Continue reading →