Give Nathan the Gift of Life this Christmas

Posted 2017-12-13 by @saintmichaelyyc

This Christmas Eve, 125 donors are needed for an in-honor blood drive for Nathan Magnuson. Here is Nathan’s story:

Nathan is your typical 16-year old boy: he has an adventurous spirit, he lives for football, loves mountain biking, exploring the wilderness, and travelling during the summer holidays.

Two years ago, Nathan was diagnosed with High-Risk B Cell Leukemia.

In the blink of an eye, the Magnuson family’s world had changed. Nathan’s diagnosis was completely unexpected. And before Nathan could even begin treatment, he needed blood — more specifically, platelets. The family realized the incredible importance of blood and decided that if family and friends asked how they could help, they’d request that they donate blood. It is the gift of Life. It is the gift that costs nothing to give, and it became the greatest gift in our son’s life. It started his treatment.

Blood will continue to assist Nathan in his therapy. And without the generosity of those donors, their son would not be in the shape he’s in today. He is fighting his Leukemia; this is not the end of his journey, it’s a new beginning.

How to help?

Donate blood on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24, 2017) at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre (1607 90 Ave. SW) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit



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