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Gift of Life

Gift of Life

Age-Friendly Business® Becomes a Partner for Life (PFL) with Canadian Blood Services.  Come join us! This time of year we think about giving.  Purchasing gifts, offering adventures, and extending intangibles such as our time, respect, and our recognition. What about the gift of LIFE? “In February 2020, Peter suddenly felt very tired and was having trouble breathing, so he went to a hospital emergency department. Within hours, doctors diagnosed him with sudden onset acute myeloid leukemia. The next day, he began a three-week regime of daily chemotherapy.  Since then, Peter has also received more than 30 transfusions each of whole blood and platelets, and the leukemia went into remission. In August, doctors at London Health Sciences Centre successfully transplanted stem cells donated by Peter’s sister. His health continues to improve.” (go here to read and share the full story:  https://www.blood.ca/en/stories/london-ont-blood-donor-events-celebrate-patients-ongoing-recovery) And then there is baby Madison from Aldergrove, BC.  Madison was born with congenital heart disease and respiratory challenges.  During her first 6 months of life, she experienced many hospital stays, 2 months in a neo-natal intensive care unit, received donor tissue to surgically repair her pulmonary artery, and several blood products that helped save her life. Madison’s mom, Christie, dad, Kyle and their extended family are forever grateful to donors. “Money can’t buy the blood that people need for surgeries, unexpected accidents and illnesses. Donations are coming from generous people who are saving lives. My husband and I have never donated blood; it was something that never crossed my mind until we were in this situation. “We want to do our part to get the word out that blood is...