Family organizes blood drive to honour life of Ponoka student

The untimely death of Ponoka student Taylor Leverick in a motor vehicle accident in March has his family looking to honour his life.

Taylor Leverick lost his life in a motor vehicle collision last March near Ponoka. His family is trying to honour his memory by organizing a blood drive.

The untimely death of Ponoka student Taylor Leverick in a motor vehicle accident in March has his family looking to honour his life through a blood drive.

The event is called Taylor’s Drive, named by Leverick’s brother Thomas, and is meant to highlight his love of driving.

Leverick’s Aunt Shelley McFadden said he was given several pints of blood before his passing on March 15 and the family had valuable time to say their farewells. To remember Leverick, and to recognize the importance of that donated blood, the family is working with Canadian Blood Services in Ponoka and Rimbey with 100 spots available for blood donours.

“What people gave him, we want to give to others,” said McFadden.

Ponoka’s community blood drive is set for Monday, Sept. 28 and for Rimbey the date is set for Monday, Oct. 26. McFadden said it gives the family a goal to focus on while they continue to deal with his loss.

“He was 16 but he had lived such a full life. He was such a kind, caring soul,” said McFadden.

Eventually, the family would like to create a special blood donour day specifically in memory of Leverick but working with Canadian Blood Services scheduled dates gave the family a chance to start honouring his life.

McFadden expects to see strong interest and suggests spaces will fill up quickly.

For more information contact McFadden at 403-843-3694 or 403-358-6259.

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