Donating blood was something I had wanted to do for several years, but didn't think my donation would really help anybody.
It wasn't until 3 years ago that I began to understand what donated blood means for those who receive it.
I became friends with Kelly, a woman who has fought tenaciously many battles, including an undiagnosed illness that has resulted in many tests, treatments, surgeries and blood transfusions. Once I visited Kelly during her transfusion, and it all of the sudden made sense to me, people were actually alive because other people gave blood!
We chatted about what it's like to get blood and the impact of it. I knew then that Kelly had inspired me to donate, so I did. And still do.
Because of blood donors, my friend is living life to the absolute fullest, and has even joined Canadian Blood Services as a way to say thank you.
Donating blood not only helps keep those who are courageously fighting illness or injury alive, it also shows them that they have an army of supporters fighting with them.