This week I donated blood for the first time. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do, but up until now I have never been able to due to health reasons. But last Monday, with the support of the many amazing volunteers at the blood clinic, I was able to give blood.
When we give blood, we are giving someone a second chance at life. A single car crash victim can need up to 50 units of blood. A patient battling leukaemia can need 8 units a week during treatment. Giving blood takes less than half an hour for the entire process. That’s less than the time it takes to watch an episode of television, and believe me when I say, it is much more rewarding.
At the young age of 18, my oldest brother’s best friend passed away due to vasculitis. While in the hospital, he needed countless transfusions of blood. To know that my donation could help someone like my brother’s friend Paul, warms my heart and makes being poked with a needle seem like a small price to pay.
All it takes is one donation to help save a life. Check the Canadian Blood Services website to find a clinic near you today. Like they say, it’s in you to give!
Canadian Blood Services: http://www.blood.ca