Longtime donor not surprised by blood shortage

Frank Gale fgale@thewesternstar.com
Published on June 27, 2014

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.