Today, June 14th, is World Blood Donor Day
Please give blood if you can.
The photograph is of Janet Frame receiving one of the regular blood transfusions that improved the quality of her life, and gifted her perhaps a few more months to say goodbye to her loved ones, after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. During the many day-long transfusions she received at the oncology centre of Dunedin Hosipital, she liked to read, and talk, and think and dream. She used to wonder about the individuals who had been so generous as to donate their blood, the blood which tangibly restored her strength as it dripped slowly into her veins. She only knew from the label on the pack of blood, which city or town it had been collected in. She was always grateful to every person whose blood or platelets were giving her a much needed boost as the quality of her own blood deteriorated.
Such a simple but heroic, life-giving gift.