On Feb. 14, Canadian Blood Services hosted an “in honour” clinic for
my daughter, Heather Vincent King. Thanks to the organizational skills of Dana Meadus, community development organizer, Paul McGrath, public affairs manager and those who attended, the event was a huge success. One hundred and eighty-one potential donors attended province-wide.
I wish to thank everyone who helped make this wonderful day where we “paid it forward” to help others in need of blood, blood products and stem cell donations. Heather was unable to attend her clinic as she was in the hospital, but her presence was felt by all who attended. She has received numerous blood products and it is a relief to know they are always available to her when needed.
I spent the day at the clinic in St. John’s and the staff did an amazing job of making everyone feel welcome. I was busy there all day with friends and family coming in to donate and support Heather.
Canadian Blood Services retirees Helen Dunne, Mary Kennedy and Beth Hogan dropped by to say hello. Their visit meant a lot to us.
We often hear someone was saved from drowning or a burning building and we wish we could be that hero who saved a life. Well, you can! Blood donors and stem cell donors save lives every day they reach out to someone in need. Blood donors are Heather’s heroes. She is alive today because of people like them.
Heather is continuing chemotherapy at the Health Sciences Centre. We cannot ask for more caring and competent doctors, nurses and auxillary staff with whom she has had contact. You are all very special to us.
A bouquet to Danette Dooley, a freelancer for The Telegram. She came to our home as a reporter and left as a friend. Your article, Danette, captured the essence of what I wanted to share of Heather’s journey. Thank you.
In closing, I would like to thank the anonymous gentleman on the Air Canada plane from Halifax who shared his family’s experience fighting cancer, and said, “I want you to know Heather is winning.”
Thank you all and God bless.