Bevon Clark is on vacation, but made a point of coming to donate blood.
“I can do this. This is something I can do to help out,” said Clark, who is from Herbert. “(I donate blood) every time I can, every 56 days. I was eligible (Monday).”
Clark said he has donated blood for the last 16 years and this year marked his 17th time donating blood. He was one of the many people who came out to the Canadian Blood Services blood donor clinic on Tuesday afternoon at the Moose Jaw Exhibition Co. Golden Nugget Centre. Another clinic will be held on Aug. 27.
“I just know how important it is when you have a medical emergency to have the supplies there,” said Clark, a father of three sons with his fourth granddaughter on the way. “We’re very fortunate. We have a healthy family, but lots of people have health issues and need lots of blood.”
In the summer, more traffic on roads and waterways results in more traumas and more people need blood, including ongoing cancer treatments, according to the Canadian Blood Services fact sheet. In August alone, Saskatchewan patients will need 4,500 units of blood components.
For more information, see an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.