LETTER – Local donor urges others to give blood

Dear editor,

I was unable to donate blood today because of a cold bug.

Unbeknownst to me until cancer struck a family member, cancer patients very often require blood as their immune system is trying to recover. Recently I lost a friend to cancer, a kind and gentle 50-year-old man, I miss him every day. I write this today as I think of him and feel disappointment that I must postpone my regular blood donation.

Please visit the Canadian Blood services webpage for donor eligibility or 1-888-236-6283 and if you are able to, please become a blood donor.

The next local blood donor clinic is Feb. 25-27 at Native Sons Hall in Courtenay. To register go to www.blood.ca.

Thank you in advance,

Mel McLachlan,

Comox

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