A donation clinic is setup every year in Ponoka in memory of 16-year-old Taylor Leverick. He was involved in an collision back in 2015 that claimed his life.
He passed away on March 15, 2015 after suffering life threatening injuries in a car accident the previous day. His family said blood donations that Taylor received helped keep him alive while his family and friends could say their goodbyes.
“It’s still tough I know it’s been four years but it’s still really, really hard we think about him honestly all the time.”
Reminded all the time of her nephew, Shelley Mcfadden says the donations are still really important to her family.
“Even though it happened four years ago, we are still living it and other people are living it right now.”
Shelley says what everyone hates to hear that it could be you, and that’s why donating blood is so important. Her family does the clinic every year in memory of Taylor to help those that might need it next.
“That’s why it is important for the blood donation, it may be you, and it could be a cancer patient or maybe even a young child or anyone really.”
This past Thanksgiving Monday was the most recent clinic that was held in Taylor’s name, but Shelley says you can still donate in his name at some clinics in Red Deer throughout the year.
“When you think you don’t need it, that’s when you need it.”
This go around 98 people took the time to donate, and Shelley says since 3 people can be helped per donation that means 294 people could possibly be helped in reminder of her nephew.
“There were quite a few we know that donated on his behalf, and some of them it was their first time.”
If you are interested in donating, find a clinic near you.