Mike Fournier gets a little emotional when he talks about his dad and the donated blood that keeps him alive during treatment for a bone marrow disorder.
“I’ll always give,” Mike says. “I’ll never miss a donation again — not on purpose.”
Mike’s father was diagnosed this past June with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of cancer in which bone marrow does not make enough healthy blood cells.
Since then, Mike’s father has received 46 units of blood from generous donors who understand the life-saving potential of giving a pint.
Mike also donates regularly, whenever the Lane Blood Center’s bloodmobile visits McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center, where he is surgical services manager.
“I know I can never give back the 46 units my dad has used, but I want to do my part,” he says. “I need to be one of the people that give.”