Grateful and Giving Back
Thanks to 28 blood donors who helped save her life, Michelle is now hard at work preparing for the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, as a member of the Canadian Para Snowboard Team.
On June 27, 2011, Michelle Salt’s life changed forever. The 28-year-old realtor with a zest for life and adventure was riding her motorcycle up Cochrane Hill on the outskirts of Calgary when she lost control and hit a guard rail. In the first 36 hours after the accident the young woman needed 28 units of blood to help save her life.
Michelle was on life support for seven days and endured four major surgeries in her first five days in hospital. The accident severed one of her femoral arteries resulting in the loss of her right leg above the knee. Michelle’s family and friends often reflect on the critical role that blood donation played in her survival.
By focusing on her recovery and setting short-term goals, the accomplished snowboarder, runner and model faces every new challenge with determination, optimism and gratitude. Michelle is especially thankful to all the blood donors whose gifts helped ensure her recovery and she understands more than most the important role that blood donors play in saving lives.
Last year, Michelle launched “The Megaleg Blood Drive” to help others. “Because 28 complete strangers took the time to donate so I could live, I wanted to give back through this partnership with Canadian Blood Services,” says Michelle. “My goal was to help collect 84 donations to replace three times the number of units I needed.” The campaign was a tremendous success with a grand total of 418 donations!
Today, Michelle is sharing her story with fellow realtors to promote the Calgary Real Estate Board’s participation in Partners for Life. She is also hard at work preparing for the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, as a member of the Canadian Para Snowboard Team.
Michelle salutes all blood donors and Partners for Life organizations that help to ensure blood is available to help hospital patients, just like her, to recover and pursue their dreams. Thank you for the work you do to save lives like Michelle’s!