Rick
Winnipeg,
Manitoba
Donor
Blood

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A Fathers Time

On 9/11 our family was deeply saddened by not only the terrible tragedy in New York when terrorists struck the world trade towers but we also advised that my father, Albert D Mahon, was diagnosed with AML. "AML is a rare aggressive cancer of the blood and bone marrow. It is the most common form of acute leukemia in adults."

He was not expected to last past Christmas that year. He did not want to suffer through chemotherapy treatment and decided to explore alternet natural treatment options. He was in the GTA at the time so also had to deal with the risk of the SARS outbreak.

Through good living, and a positive outlook and most of all blood transfusions, he lasted until April 21, 2003 in his 82nd year. When he first started getting transfusions he would get 1-2 per week to 1-2 per day in his final days.

I had accompanied him one day to gave his transfusion and he had said to us" You are healthy and should donate blood. It is a way of giving something back" so we have done that. At the time I write this I have done 82 and will continue to do this every 56 days for as long as I am able. The picture here was at the ceremony in Wpg celebrating 75 donations.

I will always be eternally grateful to Canadian Blood Services and ALL the people that donated blood that enabled us to have my father here so much longer than was expected.

Rick