What’s trend­ing on so­cial me­dia this week

Warwick Daily News - - WEEKEND - with Alexia Pur­cell Alexia Pur­cell is ARM’s so­cial me­dia editor.

RE­CENTLY I do­nated blood.

I had never do­nated blood be­fore. It was some­thing I had thought about do­ing but never got around to. And then our friends' three-year-old daugh­ter was di­ag­nosed with acute lym­phoblas­tic leukemia.

While they have been qui­etly bat­tling her can­cer they have been loudly pro­mot­ing the im­por­tance of blood do­na­tions.

Mum Lisa Dean said they de­cided to make this their fo­cus af­ter learn­ing more about how im­por­tant blood do­na­tions are, spe­cially to kids like their daugh­ter Elki.

So when they held a blood drive, I rolled up my sleeve and do­nated. And it was one of the best things I have ever done. A few days af­ter my do­na­tion I re­ceived a text mes­sage to say my blood was al­ready at work.

It had gone on to save lives at Moree Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal in New South Wales.

The feel­ing, know­ing that only an hour of my time and a lit­tle bit of my blood has made such a dif­fer­ence is phe­nom­e­nal.

This might have been my first do­na­tion – but I will do­nate for a life­time.

PHOTO: ALEXIA PUR­CELL

First blood do­na­tion - now a donor for a life­time.

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