Don and Stephanie Young along with Canadian Blood Services invite everyone to donate blood at the 10th Annual ‘Don Young In Honour Blood Donor Clinic’ at the Ennismore Curling Club on Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. They are hoping to collect 45 units, and walk-ins are more than welcome that day.
Eleven years ago, Don lost both of his legs in an industrial accident, when they were destroyed by a gravel crusher. Today, thanks in large part to blood donors, Don and Stephanie are busy living life to its fullest, taking care of their family and working hard running a business.
They have never forgotten how close he came to losing his life when the accident occurred. Without the 30 units of blood he needed to endure his injuries, Don doubts he would have survived. He needed eight units of blood while on route to Sunnybrook Hospital in the ambulance and continued to rely on blood donors through nine surgeries over the next 30 days.
Since 2003, when Don and Stephanie sponsored their first in honour blood donor clinic, the Youngs have raised hundreds of units of blood and helped thousands of patients. Many people started donating for the first time in support of Don and his family.
“You just never know when you may need blood," says Don. "It can happen in an instant and one of the big reasons that I am still here today for my family and enjoying life is because a stranger took one hour to give blood."
To make an appointment, or for more information, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283) or go to Blood.ca.