Blood clinic commemorating N.S. girl’s life reaches its end
A 10-year-old blood clinic held to commemorate a Nova Scotia teenager’s life has come to an end.
Mary-Beth Chaulk was 16 years old when she was struck and killed in a Dartmouth crosswalk on March 11, 2006. The Mary-Beth Chaulk Blood Clinic had become a comfortable ritual for the family, and the hundreds touched by her story.
“We figured 10 years is a good number to stop at,” said Mary-Beth’s mother, Tina Chaulk. “I'm sure everybody's now in a routine of donating in memory of her or anybody else.”
Thanks to blood donations and transfusions, her family had an extra 14 hours to say goodbye. It also gave them a chance to make arrangements to donate Mary-Beth's organs - a lasting gift to 11 others.
Chaulk says she still hears from some of the people Mary-Beth’s organs helped save.
"I get letters from them and one guy who got her lungs did a painting of what he thought she looked like - it's bang on," said Chaulk
The clinic is also credited with giving many others the gift of life.
"They brought in over a thousand donors just in her honour, so it's a really great awareness for people," said Kathy Gracie of Canadian Blood Services.
As the event winds down for its final time, the legacy of Mary-Beth Chaulk literally lives on in the lives of untold numbers of others - a decade of giving in memory of a life cut short.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Bruce Frisko.