MIAMI — Robert Cline has been donating blood since he was in his 20s.
He was recognized for his efforts Thursday when he was inducted into the Fresenius Kabi Blood Donor Hall of Fame.
Cline is one of 12 honorees whose picture and a biography appear on a 2016 calendar. More than 100 nominations were received.
“It's a good feeling,” Cline said. “There is always a need for blood and it's never bothered me to give blood. It's a great honor.”
Cline, who is 86, has donated 27½ gallons of blood to the American Red Cross, which held a blood drive Thursday at the First United Methodist Church of Miami.
“That is a very impressive number,” said Matt Kuhn, senior director external communications and government affairs with Fresenius Kabi, which sponsors the Hall of Fame. “It's pretty amazing.”
Cline, an avid beekeeper, also donates his time to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and First Methodist. He's a member of the American Legion, where he is a part of the veteran's funeral detail.
“The intent was to honor every-day people who do an extraordinary thing,” Kuhn said. “Blood is so critically important to many aspects of the health care system and treatment. It really is the gift of life. This is our way of thanking people for their efforts that sometimes don't get recognized.”
Fresenius Kabi is a global health-care company that specializes in lifesaving medicines and technologies for infusion, transfusion and clinical nutrition.
It is the maker of the Fenwal family of transfusion medicine products and the company has been sponsoring the Donor Hall of Fame for nearly 20 years.
“It's a good feeling knowing you are doing something that might save somebody's life,” Cline said.