We’re refreshing!

Come experience the new website and submit your feedback. The current site will temporarily
remain available as we make the final adjustments to the new online experience.

Click here to check it out. ►
1 888 2 DONATE(1 888 236-6283)
Find a Clinic:  search Search this site:  search
Book an appointment
Home > Partners for Life > Champion Update Oct 2013
Facebook youTube Twitter flickr
Why Should I Donate?
Who Needs Blood?
Can I donate?
Basic Eligibility
Donor Questionnaire
Malaria policy
Donation Date Calculator
American Sign Language
What Can I Donate?
Types of Donations
Plasma & Platelets
Stem Cells
Financial Gifts
Blood for Research
How Can I Get Involved?
In My Community
Send an e-card
Public Involvement
Partners for Life
What's Your Type
Sign Up to Learn More
Young Blood For Life
Assignment Saving Lives
National Blood Donor Week
What Should I Know?
Pandemic Preparedness
Safety and Testing
Research & Development
West Nile Virus (WNV)
Transfusion Related Acute Lung Injury (TRALI)
vCJD Travel Deferral
Become a Volunteer
New Donor Form
Change Your Address
Join OneMatch
Become a Partner for Life Organization
Become a Partner for Life Member
Join Ready, Set... Give!
Donor Experience Survey
Customer Service
Circular of Information
Customer Letters
Plasma Protein Products
Hospital Customer Forms
Resource Library
OneMatch Documents
Adverse Events
Diagnostic Services

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! 

Champion Update Oct 2013
Suncor Energy Honoured for Saving Lives
Wyndham makes calls… for blood
London Drugs- serving customers and communities
RBC and Canadian Blood Services ring in National Blood Donor Week at the Toronto Stock Exchange
Because the numbers really do make a difference
Responding to the need for blood, Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response team rise to the challenge
Welcome (AB/NW)
Honouring 90 Years with 90 Pledges to Give
Mitsubishi UFJ Fund Services
Workplace injury experts campaign for prevention and recovery
St. John Ambulance commitment extends beyond Sirens for Life Campaign
Coleman miners rally together to make a difference
Police, RCMP, Fire, EMS and our Partners go beyond the call of duty
Burlington City Hall Commits to Saving Lives
Grateful and Giving Back
Welcome (Atlantic)
Community commemorates champion donor and supporter
York Regional Police Celebrate More Than a Decade of PFL Service
Union Gas employees off to an energetic start with the Partners for Life program!
Partners in Practice
This holiday season, be someone's miracle.
St. John Ambulance Supports Sirens for Life Campaign in Southern Ontario

Top of the page Privacy and Access to Information | Terms of Use | Copyright © 1998-2014 Canadian Blood Services. All rights reserved.