Longtime donor not surprised by blood shortage

Frank Gale
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Rod Cormier of Kippens was not surprised to hear there’s a shortage of blood.

Cormier has given blood 116 times, with his last donation just prior to when Canadian Blood Services stopped coming to Stephenville.

“People want to give blood, but they don’t want to have to go to Corner Brook to do it,” Cormier said.

While he can’t donate blood anymore for health reasons, he said he wouldn’t be making the trip to Corner Brook anyway because to him it’s too far away.

“When it was in Stephenville I seen people there from Kippens, the Port au Port Peninsula and other parts of Bay St. George,” Cormier said. “I wouldn’t think most of them would make the trip either.”

He said it’s a shame the health system is being cut back just to save money and said the nurses with Canadian Blood Services had told him Stephenville was one of their busiest stops for donations.

Cormier said he’s always felt giving blood was the right thing to do and hopes more people will start donating due to the increased need.

“It was a good thing to be giving the gift of life,” he said. “I couldn’t wait to give blood when I did and the people with Canadian Blood Services couldn’t wait to receive it.”

Cormier said the solution is simple, put mobile blood services back in the towns from where they were taken.

Organizations: Canadian Blood Services

Geographic location: Stephenville, Corner Brook, Port au Port Peninsula

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Recent comments

  • geoff
    June 27, 2014 - 08:37

    my wife was a regular blood donor in Stephenville but since they stopped coming here she has not donated. Im sure many people are in the same boat. what an idiotic move on the part of those responsible for blood collection. Or should I say on the part of those who make the decisions on where to collect

  • Gerry Samms
    June 27, 2014 - 06:24

    I completely agree , when the mobile service was setting up in Port Aux Basques it had donors from North Branch to Rose Blanche. I seriously doubt people are going to drive to Corner Brook to be a donor. Put the mobile unit back in operation.