Blood drive in honour of Ollie

In December of 2013, Ollie (now 7 years old) was diagnosed with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML).  A big part of Ollie’s treatment these days involves blood (and platelet) transfusions. The blood supply system always needs more donors, so I’m organizing a blood drive, and I’m challenging my friends, family and clients to get out and give a pint!

In fact, I’m offering a pint for a pint: you go to the Manulife Centre and donate a pint of blood, then meet up afterwards at Scallywags for food and beer. The pub is providing the grub, and Creemore is going to kick in some beer. Sounds great, eh? Here are the details:

Thursday, June 18th any time between 1pm and 5pm (contact me to schedule your appointment). Alternate day is Wednesday the 17th, 10am-2pm.

Manulife Centre 55: Bloor Street West – 2nd Floor by the Movie Theatre.

Scallywags – any time after 6:30pm on Thursday (even if you donate on Wednesday).

I’ve been a blood donor for a couple of years. It’s easy – and after your donation you can eat cookies and drink juice in the recovery area. About five minutes later you won’t feel like you just gave away 10% of your blood. Then, we’ll go eat real food and drink some beer. 🙂

There’s FREE PARKING at the Manulife Centre for donors, and transportation is available during the day if you need a ride from/to work. I’m trying to make this easy, so don’t hesitate to ask for a lift.

Pick your time and RSVP to me ASAP. I have to book the appointments with Canadian Blood Services and co-ordinate with Scallywags regarding numbers. Also, please spread the word. The more, the merrier!

FYI, there are some basic eligibility rules (mostly around travel and recent tattoos/piercings), so read the Fact Sheet at the Canadian Blood Services web site. Call/email me if you have any questions.

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