Long time local blood donor recognized

When Sheryl Boyes was 18-years-old, her father encouraged her to become a blood donor.

Sheryl Boyes from Bluffton is recognized for her 75th time of donating blood. Boyes was at the blood donor clinic in Rimbey on March 2.

When Sheryl Boyes was 18-years-old, her father encouraged her to become a blood donor.

“It was always the thing he did,” said Boyes of her father Roy McNaught.

The teen was happy to follow in her father’s footsteps as a blood donor, but a few years later, as a busy young wife and mother, taking the time to give blood became less important.

It wasn’t until her sister was in a serious car accident and needed several units of blood that she put it back on her priority list.

“It was a wakeup call for me. I knew I needed to get back into it,” she said.

On Monday, March 2, Boyes, who is from Bluffton, gave blood for the seventy-fifth time.

She is pleased she has been able to give blood and plans to keep on giving.

“I’ve never needed a transfusion and hope I never do, but if I did I would hope the blood supply would be there for me.”

Giving blood does make a difference, she said.

“Look around you. How many of your family and friends wouldn’t be here if nobody gave?”

Giving blood does have a social benefit as well, she said.

“I’ve met family, friends, neighbours, former students (at the clinic) and I’ve even gotten pledges for Terry Fox.”