by Paul Rochon

Over the past fourteen months, I have been writing a monthly article for the North Grenville Times about blood recipients who would not have survived a tragic event or situation had they not received blood. My last story is focused on the responses I received first hand from donors at the June and July Blood Donor Clinics in Kemptville.

I asked donors why they donate, and why do they come back every two or three months to do it, time after time, on each occasion losing an hour of their precious time. The following are some of their responses.

“I feel good doing it, particularly knowing that I can help someone.”

“My sister’s twin needed a blood transfusion. I made a blood donation and have kept on.”

A first time donor: “With Covid 19, and everything that I hear on the radio, I thought it was the right thing for me to do.”

“I was a foster parent, and one of the children developed leukemia. She required many units of blood. She, unfortunately, died, but since then I try to help by donating blood, stem cells, and anything else I can.”

“I was a medic in the military. I saw the need for blood in numerous cases. I consider it a civic duty.”

“I started to donate when two members of my family were killed in an accident. Today was my 69th donation.”

“I think everybody should receive blood if they need it.”

“I donate to benefit society.”

“It’s a moral duty to donate. My mother had leukemia and she received many units of blood. That’s when I started to donate, and I haven’t stopped.”

“I’m a paramedic in Ottawa, and I see many situations where blood is required.”

“My mother used to be a regular donor, but was recently deferred for life. I picked up where she left off.”

“My brother required many units of blood before he died three years ago. I want to replace some of the blood he received.”

“My father made over two hundred blood donations. I guess I take after him.”

“For the well-being of people.”

“I’m O Negative. I hear the commercials stating the need for this type of blood because everyone can receive it. I have kids, and I want to make sure there is blood for them, should they ever need it.”

“It’s an easy way to help, and it impacts on people who need blood.”

“A friend of mine needed blood and I decided to donate, and have kept on.”

“It’s part of being a good citizen.”

“I was involved in a motorcycle accident in 1983. If nobody had donated then, I would be long dead. I’m paying back.”

“It’s in you to give.”

“I came because my husband decided to come after being called by Canadian Blood Services a number of times. I decided to go with him and donate”

“I started when I was young, hoping there would be blood for me. My daughter had health issues and needed blood.”

“My girlfriend’s father has type O negative, but can no longer donate because of medication. I started to donate to replace him.”

“My dad always donated, and I guess I’m following suit.”

“I’m new to the area, and I want to help out.”

“My dad always gave. Some years ago, my mother-in-law needed a liver transplant. My wife was a live liver donor. During the operation, there were complications and she needed some blood transfusions.”

“Our medical system requires a constant blood supply. Without donors, it would not function as it should.”

“My son required a lot of blood while he battled cancer. That’s when I became a blood donor. Unfortunately, he passed away, but I continued donating.”

“One of my high school teachers was a passionate blood donor. Under their guidance, a bus load of students went to the city to donate. As a result of this experience, I’ve kept on donating.”

“It is a way to help people and our community.”

“Because I can.”

“Because I can” – how many of you can, but don’t donate. What is your reason? Less than four percent of Canadians, who are eligible, do. Please, become a blood donor and be part of Canada’s Lifeline. There is a Blood Donor Clinic every first Monday of each month in Kemptville. For further information, or to book an appointment, go to blood.ca, or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

NEXT BLOOD DONOT EVENT:

Monday, January 4th, 2021
North Grenville Municipal Centre
285 County Road 44, Kemptville ON
Kemptville, ON, K0G 1J0
Monday, February 1st, 2021
Kemptville Campus
48 Shearer St
Kemptville, ON, K0G 1J0

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