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Mar 08

One person can make a huge difference

Posted on March 8, 2017 at 12:03 PM by Jordan Schenkelberg

The other day I was reading an article about a police officer who lives in Edmonton and their child. The officer’s child is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant and unfortunately none of his family are a match for them.

Doing some quick research, it seems that only 25 per cent of family members are usually a match for another family member. This means that if you are ever in that predicament you are probably going to need help from a complete stranger. This got me reflecting on the thought of what if it was my own child?

The answer is very simple…. I would do whatever it takes to try and get them the help they need.

Interestingly enough I dug deeper to find out what it would take to get screened as a donor. All it takes is a swab of the inside of your mouth and then you are entered into a national database. The process takes a few seconds and is quick and painless. You can schedule an appointment when you are in Edmonton, and If you want to find out more visit https://blood.ca/en

It is my hope that some of you will take the time to look now or in the future into this. Now as much as we all want to do a good thing, convenience often wins out over altruism.

So I pose the following question to you, what if the clinic came to you? Could you then spare a few minutes to stop by and make a difference?

Well Slave Lake residents are people who don’t just think about big ideas, but put those big ideas into action. Rebecca Mcglynn contacted Canada Blood services to see see what it would take to bring them to us. Blood reserves across the province are in low supply and there is a call for help. Rebecca heard that call and wanted to do something about it! Personally I think it’s a great idea, and would love to see the people of our region pay it forward. Right now she has started an online petition as she has to demonstrate there is enough demand from donors to get Canada blood services to consider coming here. If the demand is great enough there is a definite possibility of them coming.

One of the comments I sometimes here is my blogs are too long. Personally I often find it hard to communicate all the information in so few words, but this one I think one is easy. I think we should help make a difference. I think that some have needed help from a stranger in the past, and I’m sure some of you will need it in the future. So this is a simple and easy way to make a big difference in a complete stranger’s life. So please take one minute to sign Rebecca’s petition and let’s see if we can help her out. Sign the petition by clicking here!


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