Maple Ridge student inspires dozens of blood donations

June 14, 2024

By Brandon Tucker, The Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows News

More than 40 litres of blood is on its way to help people in need thanks to the many people who lined up to donate at the Thomas Haney Secondary blood drive on Tuesday.

Grade 12 student Addison Nickel was one of the main driving forces behind this event, working with her school and Canadian Blood Services staff to coordinate the special one-day blood drive.

After a condition called Junctional Ectopic Tachycardia – a rare heart condition with a high mortality rate when not treated properly – caused Nickel to undergo life-saving surgery as a baby, she had always been looking for ways to give back to her community.

So, she decided that hosting a blood drive would be a great way to do so.

After a lot of hard work from Canadian Blood Services, the blood drive saw a total of 95 donors, which included a mix of students, teachers, and community members, explained community development manager Craig Nielsen.

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