Canadian National Blood Services Honours St. Clair Student

Courtney Cail
Courtney Cail

(Windsor, Ontario) – Courtney began her involvement with Canadian Blood Services as an in-clinic volunteer in Windsor, Ontario. She excelled in this role and went on to become the University of Windsor Young Blood For Life team president. Courtney worked diligently to organize group donations in honour of her father who passed away in 2013 due to complications following the removal of a benign brain tumour several years earlier. Courtney also works to promote blood donation at events supporting the Brain Tumour Foundation. Those that work with her report that Courtney always does her utmost to ensure donors have the best donation experience possible.

After graduating from the University of Windsor with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Courtney will be attending the Medical Laboratory Science program at St. Clair College in the fall of 2016. She is considering specializing as a pathology assistant in the future.

What inspired you to use your power to give life?

When Courtney was still in high school, her father Russell was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Upon witnessing the numerous surgeries and multiple transfusions he required, Courtney was motivated to get involved and began donating herself. Self-described as someone who “from day one, always wanted to help other people,” Courtney continues to exceed expectations when supporting Canada’s blood system.

What would you say to convince someone else to use their power to give life?

Using your power to give life can mean many things. As Courtney points out donating blood is often the first thing that comes to mind, but “you have so many options to give life.” Courtney, who began as a blood donor, has had great success as a volunteer. Using your power can also mean small actions, as Courtney says, “simply sparking a conversation can inspire someone to donate. You can help save somebody’s life.”

Congratulations to Courtney for this tremendous honour!!

Article appeared on the Canadian Blood Services website September 12, 2016.

National Honouring our Lifeblood, through Canadian Blood Services, is an annual event that celebrates the people and organizations whose support sustains our country’s blood system, stem cell network and transplant system.