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Donor makes 179th donation at mayor’s annual Vaudreuil-Dorion blood drive


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Honourary President Marc Blondin (left) and Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon at the mayor’s annual blood drive at the Centre Multisports on Thursday, November 14.

Marc Blondin is no stranger when it comes to giving blood. As the Honourary President of this year’s annual Vaudreuil-Dorion blood drive for Héma-Québec, Blondin shared his personal story about donating blood for the 179th time during an interview with The Journal at the Centre MultiSports last Thursday afternoon, November 14.

His motivation is to do what he can to help others in need. “It’s for a good cause,” said Blondin. “I began giving blood when I was 18 years old with my father. He gave blood 125 times. He’s not able to do so anymore because he’s 84.”

Longer wait time for women

At age 57, Blondin intends to keep on giving blood for as long as he can. He donates every 56 days, which is the recovery time allotted before a male donor can make another donation. For women, the wait time between donations is 84 days.

“The donation schedule was changed because some women were not maintaining their level of iron. In order to maintain a better level of iron for all women we changed the delay between donations so that more women will be accepted each time they come instead being refused,” said Héma-Québec Supervisor Stephanie Dixon.

PHOTO BY JOHN JANTAK

From left to right: Honorary President Marc Blondin; Nurse Geneviève De Roux; Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon; first time donor Serge Hamel; his partner Samantha Hill-Gagné and their baby Rosemary; and Nurse Diane Howard at the mayor’s annual blood drive at Centre Multisports on Thursday, November 14.

Personal objective of 200 pints

Blondin was recently checking the Héma-Québec website to see where he could give blood again and came upon the mayor’s blood drive. “I said to myself ‘let’s go’,” he said. His objective is to donate at least 200 pints of blood. “My mother was having problems in 2003 and needed blood. It’s in a situation like this that you realize how important blood is,” he said.

For Mayor Guy Pilon, the annual blood drive is a chance to meet with people who are dedicated to helping save the lives of others through their donations. “It’s always a pleasure to be here,” Pilon told The Journal. “What’s very important for me is to see people who come here for the first time.”

Wonderful to see regular donors

The mayor said it’s always wonderful to see people who begin to donate blood regularly after their initial donation. Pilon said he’s donated blood about six times.

“If people can make it habit, that’s great for everyone. There are people here who are 70 years old, young people and families so I’m very happy about that,” he said.

“It makes me feel good when I donate because I know that my blood is going to help someone who needs it for an operation or transplant. It gives me a warm feeling inside,” said Pilon. The mayor’s blood drive collected 217 units surpassing its goal of 205 units.

“I’m very pleased to see that the population came out in large numbers. Thank you to all donors. I also thank Honourary President Marc Blondin for his commitment and unparalleled generosity,” said Pilon. For more information regarding upcoming blood drives in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region, visit the Héma-Québec website at www.hema-quebec.qc.ca/index.en.html.

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