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Local blood boosters to be honoured tomorrow

Gord Pinkos donates blood at the Brandon Blood Donor Clinic during a blood drive in this file photo.

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Gord Pinkos donates blood at the Brandon Blood Donor Clinic during a blood drive in this file photo.

Organizations in Brandon and Westman that have made a commitment to donating blood will be honoured at a special luncheon tomorrow by Canadian Blood Services.

Three local groups will be recognized for their dedication, creativity and support to the blood system over the past year.

Currently there are more than 100 organizations known as Partners For Life who participate in donating blood as a team. Collectively, they gave more than 3,200 donations in 2012.

This year, blood recipient Wendy Bell of Hamiota will tell her story during the luncheon’s formal program. Wendy’s son Jayson was diagnosed with leukemia when he was only four years old. He needed blood to help him through chemotherapy. Just two years later, Wendy was shocked with another life-threatening diagnosis — she had a rare condition called acute myelofibrosis and would need blood donors and a stem cell donor to help save her life.

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