Marge, who works in marketing, had her first experience with blood donation as a child.Her mother had a serious illness that required many operations, including blood transfusions. She had such a great desire to help that she tried to become a blood donor at age 16 for the first time, but she was turned away that time. As soon as she turned 18, she was back at the Blood Centre.
Marge herself needed a life-saving transfusion when she ran into complications giving birth to her first son. The new mother had to recover for a week in the hospital with the newest member of the human race, but everything went well and now little Karl is already four years old and a big brother to Hugo.
Barge recalls that she was itching to give blood already after her experience with Karl, but not at all because she had herself needed blood. “It just felt so good inside afterwards. You never know who might need it and why,” she says.
So she always takes the opportunity and when her military husband is at home, the two of them always make a point to head to the Blood Centre. Little Karl always comes with us, so he isn’t perturbed in any way by white coats and needles. And though families usually tend to have different blood types, Marge and the male members of the household all have A negative blood. “That’s why we’re such a great, cohesive family unit,” laughs Marge.