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B.C.’s Sarah Fox is passionate about quality health care.

As a young woman, Sarah had a dream to study medicine. But two years into university, she talked herself out of the career path and chose to study journalism instead. As a young and eager journalist, Sarah worked at a number of different news outlets in western Canada, working her way up the career ladder.

However, once landing what she thought would be a dream role—health care reporter—she realized she needed to go back to school to finish what she had originally started.

“Every time I walked into a hospital or medical clinic, I thought to myself, ‘I could have been that, I could have been a doctor,’” Sarah notes.

Sarah’s own life was touched by quality health care as a newborn baby. Born two months premature, Fox’s liver was underdeveloped and unable to properly detoxify her blood. One life saving blood transfusion helped clear her system and sustain her necessary organ development.

Knowing her life was saved by the generosity of a blood donor, Canadian Blood Services was the first place she called when looking to gain some real-life health care volunteer experience back in her hometown of Comox on B.C.’s Vancouver Island.

“Blood is kind of like water—you don’t think about it being there until it’s not there,” Sarah remarks. “I’d like people to think about it before it’s not there for someone in need and consider donating blood or volunteering with Canadian Blood Services.”

Sarah took on the role of volunteer team leader for the Comox-area mobile blood donor clinic two years ago and has put in hundreds of hours to the role, coordinating a large team of volunteers to staff the clinic, all the while studying sciences full time at North Island College.

Recognized  last fall at Canadian Blood Services’ national Honouring Our Lifeblood ceremony in Ottawa for her volunteer efforts, Sarah is committed to promoting Canada’s blood system within her community as she moves closer towards pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor.

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