I never truly knew the importance of blood donation, until May 14th 2017. My 5 week old daughter was diagnosed with a critical Congenital Heart Defect. She was at the IWK Children's Hospital in the Pediatric ICU waiting for lifeflight to Toronto Sickkids for emergency Open Heart Surgery. A knock came to the door of the parent room at 2am, Maci's dad and I had just fallen asleep after a very traumatic day, and a nurse came looking for consent, Maci needed a blood transfusion. I knew in that moment that without blood donors, my daughter would not have survived the night. Maci needed multiple transfusions over the coming days and during her heart surgery. Without those willing to donate, our daughter just would not be here. I now donate every time the blood clinic comes, and I will continue for the rest of my life.
She's my reason ❤️