Nope, not octogenarian Harold! In fact, earlier this year, the Haligonian hit a milepost and did “it” for the thousandth time, becoming only one of four Canadians to do so and, not surprisingly, the oldest! Getting there was a bit of challenge and one most Canadians having reached the age of seventy-one would be complacent to let slide. Harold, though older, wasn’t and he wrote to the Federal Government to complain! Complain about what? Well, previous to Harold’s letter, Health Canada would only accept blood donations from people aged 17 to 71 and not from older Canadians regardless of their of health. However, six months after receiving Harold’s letter, that policy changed to allow older Canadians with a physician’s letter of good health to continue to donate.
It’s National Blood Donor week and June 14th is World Blood Donor Day. According to Canadian Blood Services, there are only 425,000 active donors in Canada. Are you one of them? If so, thank you! You rock and are truly a life saver! If not, then why not consider rolling-up your sleeve and joining them and Harold by giving the gift of life to another?