After his father passed away in July 2011 from cancer, Neil Bernsteinmade it his mission to continue doing what his father, Frank Bernstein, did faithfully 532 times before passing: roll up his sleeve and donate blood. In January 2012, on the third anniversary of his father reaching a milestone of 500 donations, Neil donated for the first time atCanadian Blood Services.
“His motto was always: ‘Somebody has to do it,’” said Neil of his father’s reasoning for donating blood so loyally for over four decades. Becoming a loyal donor himself, using Facebook, YouTube, and other social media sites, Neil has recruited an additional 181 loyal donors. With a combined total of 681 blood donations, they have surpassed Frank’s record of donations.
Since there is always a need for blood, the work that Neil and his team have done in Frank’s honor has been an important part of saving lives in Vancouver!