Donating is in her blood
HAVING just recorded her 400th donation, Parkwood resident Susan Huckerby says National Blood Donor Week is a great time to start giving.
SHE may give blood fortnightly but Susan Huckerby says the pride of knowing she is helping someone never diminishes – no matter how often she donates.
Ms Huckerby has reached a major donor milestone, having clocked up 400 donations since her initial donation as an 18year-old.
Australian Red Cross estimates she has donated close to 190 litres of plasma, which has helped save about 12,000 lives.
One life she saved was that of her own mother, who developed an ulcer on her leg in her 80s following a nasty fall that would not heal.
Ms Huckerby said the feeling of knowing she was helping someone never went away and she was proud to be a donor.
“I feel really proud and so happy I can still do it, that I’m fit and healthy and able to do it,” she said.
“It is a great feeling knowing someone is being saved from your blood donation.”
The Parkwood resident said National Blood Donor Week, which runs from September 2 to 8, was an important reminder for people to donate if they were able to.
“You never know when you could need it yourself and if you leave it to other people, that seems a shame,” she said.
Mega-donors Susan Huckerby and Paul Newcombe celebrate Susan’s donation milestone.